Approximately one-third of Native Americans say they have experienced discrimination in the workplace when getting promotions, earning equal pay, or when seeking jobs, according to a new poll by NPR, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Almost two-thirds of Native Americans living in majority Native areas say the availability of local jobs was worse than at other places, and about the same amount say Native Americans are paid less than others for equal work.
The Cherokee Nation, however, is taking matters into their own hands. Diane Kelly, executive director for career services for the Cherokee Nation, is responsible for protecting tribal members against workplace discrimination.
The Cherokee Nation is hiring across a wide spectrum of jobs, and the tribe is trying to remove barriers to employment through scholarships, education, job training programs. The Cherokee Nation now reports they have an annual economic impact of more than $2 billion in Oklahoma.