The Alaskan Native American Project
Our pastors and congregations have a great missions challenge.
We have 229 Native Alaskan tribes in our state. Because of this demographic, World Missions has designated us as a region to receive World Missions assistance. The Alaskan Native American Project is the vehicle that we are using to reach this harvest. Here are some facts you may want to know about our challenge.
- The High School dropout rate for Alaska Natives is a staggering 67%.
- One-fifth of Alaska Natives live below poverty.
- Alaska has the highest cases of rape in the nation, 2.6 times higher than the national average.
- 1 out of 3 Native Alaskan women are raped during their lifetimes.
- Alaska is #1 in the U.S. for female victims killed by male perpetrators.
- Child sexual assault is six times higher than the national average.
- Child abuse and neglect are 6 times higher than the national average.
- 44% of all domestic violence is against Alaska Natives.
- The suicide rate is the highest in the nation, 4 times higher than the national average.
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for Alaska Native youth, ages 15 – 24.
- Substance abuse is the main debilitating force among Alaska Natives.
- 80% of all Alaska Native deaths are related to alcoholism.
- Victim provider services are extremely limited due to isolation, lack of transportation and limited budgets.
- 30% of Alaskans are not able to access critical needed services.
- A cultural pattern of silence is regards to speaking out against and seeking help for all forms of abuse is pervasive in the Alaska Native community.