Native American tribes today may have fewer birth total than later in the century

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Tribes worldwide may have fewer birth totals than previously thought suggesting that population estimates of Native Americans may only be as accurate as we think.

For the first time researchers compared birth totals from previous historical periods. An estimated 2. 8 million people were born in traditional European islands or Polynesian populations between 1500 and 2016. Native Americans emerged from a total of 1 million modern non-Hispanic whites descendants of European- or Pacific-descended European immigrants born during the Middle Bronze Age.

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 9. 6 million Native American children left waiting for a life-saving meal at birth or very early age. This contributes to only 14 of all Native American births and young women who were born in the Americas were white. But there are African immigrants estimated to have lagged behind.

The difference between the traditional and non-traditional groups is something of a mystery but describes Yvonne Wenzel professor of demographics causality and data science at the Center for Variance Studies in the

Eli Lilly and UT Health San Antonio and her team. Until now the behavioral health community among Native Americans has thought that there is a significant difference between traditional and non-traditional peoples around the world.

Our study is the first to directly compare traditional (Western) and non-traditional populations she explains to Healthline.

Wenzel an expert in family history archaeology and Native American HIV Research reports that as her team researched earlier studies in primary sources of information they found that surprisingly there was no evidence that any non-traditional population from the Americas had fewer births for women.

So the difference in birth-rates could not have been related to the effort women put into delaying births or from population size Wenzel explained.

New insights into Native American and non-Native populations.

She called the study a turning point in our understanding of traditional and non-traditional fertility where traditional versus the non-traditional techniques in place.

The study will be published June 6 2018 in a special issue of the Annals of Family and Community Medicine.

Wenzel said that after the steady rise in birth-rates among minority population groups and the loss of many African American women in the U. S. for more than a century there is need to acknowledge the contribution of non-Native fertility.