This poster was used from November 1936 to July 1937, during the initial issuance of Social Security numbers through US post offices.

This poster was used from November 1936 to July 1937 during the initial issuance of Social Security numbers through U.S. post offices. A complete gallery of photos and posters is coming soon.


Social Security ensures important protections for all Americans, but it is of vital importance to Native Americans. Here is why:

  • Native Americans, on average, live longer than the majority of the population, and Social Security provides benefits every month no matter how long a person lives.
    • Native American men aged 65 in 2004 are expected to live, on average, until age 84, compared to age 81 for all men.
    • Native American women aged 65 in 2004 are expected to live, on average, until age 88, compared to age 85 for all women.
  • Social Security is the only source of income for 33 percent of Native Americans aged 65 and over.
  • Native Americans, on average, earn less than European Americans, and Social Security contains a progressive benefit formula, which provides lower earners a higher rate of return on their Social Security contributions.
    • The median earnings in 2002 of Native Americans working in jobs covered by Social Security were about $20,700, compared to $28,400 for all working-age people.
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