Nearly half of South Dakota's Native Americans live in poverty, a chronic situation that has remained stagnant since at least 1999, according to federal data. At the same time, other people of color have experienced a growing poverty rate over the past five years.
Both Native Americans and whites appear to experience unchanging poverty rates, albeit widely different rates. For Native Americans, the rate from 2010 through 2014 was 48.4 percent, compared to a 48 percent rate in 1999 and 47 percent from 2005-2009. For whites, the rate was 9.7 percent in 1999 and 9.8 percent from 2005-2014.
For other South Dakotans of color, poverty has been a growing issue. For blacks, the poverty rate has grown from 22.9 percent in 1999 to 26.9 percent from 2005-2009 and 31.9 percent from 2010-2014. For Asians, the rate has grown from 12 percent in 1999 to 14.1 percent from 2005-2009 and to 20 percent from 2010-2014.
Hispanics experienced a slightly better poverty situation, with the rate growing from 22.7 percent in 1999 to to 26.3 percent from 2005-2009, then dropping to 25.6 percent between 2010 and 2014.
Statewide, the rate has ticked up, from 13.2 percent in 1999 to 13.5 percent between 2005 and 2009 to 14.2 percent between 2010 and 2014.