Montana is home to federally recognized tribes on seven reservations, one state-recognized tribe, and a large urban American Indian population. Health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native people are a serious, longstanding problem throughout the United States. In Montana, American Indian/Alaska Native people die at a median age of fifty years (more than twenty years earlier than white Montanans). Death rates for specific illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, injuries, and suicide are substantially higher for American Indian/Alaska Native people in the state as well.
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