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American Indian* & Alaska Native Alone
& Tribe
Los Angeles County

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2010 Census & 2018 Census Estimates

Also see: American Indian & Alaska Native by City and Community
and 2000 Census Figures

Although Los Angeles County is home to the largest concentration of persons in the United States claiming to be fully or partly of American Indian descent, it is only the second largest population in the United States claiming to be fully American Indian and Alaska Native. Maricopa County, Arizona, ranks first. Los Angeles County, however, is home to the largest U.S. populations of ethnically indigenous people from Mexico, Central and South America.

American Indian* & Alaska Native Alone by Tribe

Tribe 2010 Census Number 2018 Census Estimate Number**
American Indian or Alaska Native 71,471 70,527
American Indian, Tribe Specified 36,404 45,373
Apache 2,316 2,613
Arapaho 69 89
Blackfeet 420 402
Canadian and French American Indian 140 49
Central American Indian 1,349 1,760
Cherokee 2,608 3,051
Cheyenne 120 204
Chickasaw 181 125
Chippewa 427 240
Choctaw 866 588
Colville 42 24
Tribe 2010 Census Number 2018 Census Estimate Number**
Comanche 211 183
Cree 44 125
Creek 378 179
Crow 33 0
Delaware 76 42
Hopi 295 166
Houma 3 18
Iroquois 288 198
Kiowa 93 41
Lumbee 81 74
Menominee 20 0
Mexican American Indian 13,885 20,577
Navajo 2,338 2,112
Tribe 2010 Census Number 2018 Census Estimate Number**
Osage 92 67
Ottawa 42 21
Paiute 174 569
Pima 327 255
Potawatomi 141 75
Pueblo 746 946
Puget Sound Salish 31 16
Seminole 114 73
Shoshone 173 199
Sioux 851 634
South American Indian 476 746
Spanish American Indian 929 1,322
Tohono O'Odham 413 369
Tribe 2010 Census Number 2018 Census Estimate Number**
Ute 90 64
Yakama 23 102
Yaqui 1,045 1,231
Yuman 209 106
All other American Indian tribes 4,245 5,718
American Indian, Tribe Not Specified 3,769 4,094
Alaska Native, Tribe Specified 271 450
Alaskan Athabascan 59 52
Aleut 42 58
Inupiat 58 223
Tlingit-Haida 79 62
Tsimshian 14 0
Yup'ik 19 55
Alaska Native, Tribe Not Specified 37 33
American Indian or Alaska Native, Tribe Not Specified 30,990 19,264

* Here we use the term American Indian, versus Native American, because the U.S. Census Bureau uses this to refer to most indigenous people of the Americas. According to a 1995 Census Bureau study, 50% of people identifying themselves as indigenous preferred the term American Indian, 37% preferred Native American, and the remainder either preferred other terms or had no preference. The Census Bureau uses American Indian to include indigenous people of all the Americas (North and South America and the Carribbean) who are not Alaska Native or Hawaiian. In addition, the local indigenous people groups native to Los Angeles County use the term "Indian."

** 2014-2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau