USDA-CSREES Coeur d'Alene Reservation Extension Educator
The total CDA Tribal membership is 1974 and the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 1,251 American Indians lived on the Coeur d Alene Reservation. The total population residing on the CDA Indian Reservation is 6,551, which makes up 71 percent of the population of Benewah County. The unemployment rate among American Indians on the CDA Reservation is 37.3 percent and 25 percent of American Indians aged 16 to 19 were not working, looking for work, or in school. Among American Indians on the Coeur d Alene Reservation the poverty rate is 29 percent. The local high school dropout rate is 14 percent and fewer young people are pursuing higher education opportunities. Tribal leadership is concerned about keeping the youth involved in agriculture and natural resource related activities and careers. Among American Indians 25 years and older on the CDA
Reservation, 26 percent had no high school diploma and 6 percent had a bachelor's or other college degree. In recent years, the number of Coeur d Alene Tribal members actively operating and managing individual agricultural and forest properties has decreased at a much faster rate than non-Indians. One of the priority issues for the Tribe is to encourage youth to pursue higher education in natural resource and agriculture areas. The CDA Reservation EIRP is in a unique position to provide educational programs in the areas of youth development, agriculture and natural resources, and community development that meet specific local needs of adults and youth that are not available from, or provided by, other entities.