Native Americans, Seattle’s original residents, are homeless at highest rate

Arlene Zahne, a Navajo woman, finds peace after losing her partner and choosing recovery from addiction and homelessness. She is one of many women that Mother Nation, a Native-led Seattle organization, has helped. (Ramon Dompor / The Seattle Times)

Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are less than 1 percent of King County’s population but nearly 6 percent of its homeless population. The city is trying to fix that disparity, but there are obstacles — one of them a Civil Rights-era fair housing law.

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