There’s an interesting story from the Associated Press this morning about new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
One of the most intriguing statistics is that the state’s Hispanic population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2008, from 10,903 to 21,016. That’s an increase of 93.75 percent.
I wondered how that compares to the number of American Indians in the state, or what the Census Bureau identifies as "American Indian and Alaska Native." The number of those kinds of people in South Dakota increased by 8.83 percent between 2000 and 2008, from 62,483 to 68,000.
I find that interesting because there’s been so much focus at the state and federal levels of government on improving life for Indians (some would say there hasn’t been near enough focus on that, but that’s another topic for another day).
If current trends continue, Hispanics could someday soon outnumber Indians in South Dakota. I wonder, how will South Dakota policies and politics be affected if that happens?