With the improvement of health care on many Native American reservations, many tribes are experiencing a surge in birth rates. An already straining housing system makes this situation even more difficult. The Northern Arapaho is one of the tribes who have been affected by the limited living spaces.

 

The Northern Arapaho, along with many other Native American tribes, carry on the tradition of mulch-generational living. A typical household on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming includes three generations or more. When children become older, they eventually end up taking care of their elderly parents. Now with the surge in populations, many tribes are experiencing cramped living spaces.

 

For the Northern Arapaho, the situation is particularly strained. The population has increased to 11,000 people. However, there are only 230 homes on the reservation to accommodate all of them. Housing directors for the tribe have admitted that they are falling short of sufficient resources to deal with the new population numbers.

 

With low funding, all of the available money is being spent on maintaining the current homes. Much more money and investment is required as an estimated 600 more homes are required to handle the amount of people in the Northern Arapaho tribe. In the meantime, family members have been cramming into the limited housing spaces by sleeping on floors, couches and benches in some cases.

 

The rich, mulch-generational living practice contributes to a more cohesive and collectivist culture. Members of the Northern Arapaho tribe have decided to continue their tradition despite the limited number of housing.

 

Categories: Native American Culture, Native American Tribe's Tradition, Native American Tribes

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