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Study finds homelessness on reservations persists

ST. PAUL — A new study finds that despite housing improvements on Minnesota's Indian reservations, homelessness still persists.

Researchers with the nonprofit health and human services organization Amherst H. Wilder Foundation visited eight of the state's 11 reservations. They found nearly 2,100 people who are homeless or living in crowded conditions with friends or relatives.

The study's author, Ellen Shelton, tells Minnesota Public Radio News ( http://bit.ly/J2VZz3 ) the poor economy offset improvements in housing and social services since the last count of the homeless on reservations in 2006.

The most recent information was gathered in 2009, but researchers needed consent from all eight tribal governments before releasing the figures.

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