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Oklahoma Native American Population Grows in 2011

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U.S. Census Bureau estimates show the Native American population in Oklahoma increased from 8.6 percent in 2010 to 8.9 percent in 2011, reported the Associated Press.

American Indians and Alaska Natives in Oklahoma, counted collectively by the bureau, are gaining their foothold again. In 2009, the Native American community was the largest minority population in the state, but it was surpassed by Hispanics in 2010.

Native Americans are currently the second largest minority group in the state, reported the AP. Hispanics made up 9.1 percent of Oklahoma's estimated 3.79 million residents in 2011, according to census estimates. Blacks made up the third largest minority group with an estimated 7.6 percent of the 2011 population.

"In the long term, it reflects a trend going on across the United States. You're going have a different looking workforce and a different looking electorate that is less white," said University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie.

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Census data estimates the white population in Oklahoma at 75.7 percent.

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