Two new reports show poverty in the Portland area is having a disproportional effect on Native Americans and on people in the suburbs.
A new report from the Brookings Institution found that extreme poverty dropped in Portland proper by about five thousand people over the last decade. But suburban poverty grew by nearly that much.
The Portland-based Coalition of Communities of Color released a separate study looking at the economic difficulties facing Native Americans in Multnomah County. The group's co-chair, Nicole Maher, notes that Portland has one of the largest Native populations in the country.
"It's also important to recognize that things over the last ten and twenty years have gotten significantly worse for Native Americans," Maher said.
Maher says high school graduation rates among Native Americans have gone up.
But the study found poverty and unemployment rates are significantly higher for them than for Multnomah County's white population. Maher says if the study included the nearby suburbs, the numbers could be worse.
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