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Census Message is Shared at NIGA’s Mid-Year Conference

The U.S. Census Bureau, in preparation for the 2020 Census, has been working in close relationship with the tribal governments of our indigenous sovereign nations to help in ensuring a complete count of their respective Nations. On September 18, the National Indian Gaming Association provided the New York Regional Census Center the opportunity to speak at their Annual Mid-Year Membership Meeting that took place at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT.

For three days, tribal leaders from all over the United States gathered to engage in roundtable discussions, listen to guest speakers, and deliberate issues important to Sovereign Nations, gaming, and their economic programs. Delegates from tribal communities, including the Mohegan and Mashantucket Tribes of southeastern Connecticut, also focused on future initiatives, which included working with the U.S. Census on the 2020 Census and other programs.

Day two of the bi-annual event included a panel discussion entitled “2020 Elections, Census, and Get out the Vote in Indian Country,” which included Brandon L. Yellowbird Stevens, NIGA Delegate, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin; Tehassi Hill, Chairman of Oneida Nation; and Lisa Moore, Assistant Regional Census Manager, New York Region Census Center, as guest speakers.

Moore provided a 10-minute presentation beginning with how tribal leaders have been working closely with the Census Partnership Team on emphasizing the privacy and confidentiality measures in place for the 2020 Census. “It is important to understand the lifetime oath that is taken by Census Bureau employees means that we protect personal identity and every piece of information collected,” she said. “The data is used for statistical purposes only. The census is safe.” She added that everyone in attendance “has the ability to shape our future” by sharing census knowledge and facts.

Paulette Jordan, NIGA Board Secretary, Delegate of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and Co-chair of the Native American Caucus of the Democratic National Committee, was the session moderator. She supported Moore’s message, saying, “I know a lot of us can speak to some examples when it comes down to almost the stigma of filling out information that comes from the government,” she said. “But in this case, it actually helps when people understand what it means to fill out the census information. It can mean a whole slew of opportunities for tribal people in terms of funding and things like elections as well.”

The primary theme of the membership meeting – Rebuilding Communities Through Indian Self-Reliance – perfectly connected with the 2020 Census “Shape Your Future” message.

“We are working with tribal governments to ensure that the billions of federal dollars are allocated based upon accurate data collected during the 2020 Census,” said Moore. “We are also looking to make sure members on sovereign lands are correctly counted and identified to their respective tribal nation.”

Those dollars will be provided to various programs and government initiatives, such as healthcare, infrastructure improvements, and school lunch programs. The data collected from the 2020 Census is used as a distribution benchmark of those financial resources for the next 10 years.

Moore also said Census officials are working closely with tribal governments to recruit tribal members for part-time enumeration positions. She said the goal of the active recruiting process is to hire familiar faces to conduct local enumeration. Those interested in obtaining a position may apply now at 2020census.gov/jobs.

According to Moore, the tribal host of the event, along with its close neighboring tribe, have been very active in driving support for the census. “Throughout the region we have been fortunate to work with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations in forming a Tribal Complete Count Committee,” said Moore. “That has already been very impactful and powerful for the community and making sure the message is being shared with other tribal members, and encouraging their participation, and leading this civic engagement to getting out the vote for next year as well.”

By: Keith Goralski

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article Meeting to discuss American Indian population
(North Dakota) -- An initial meeting is being held Thursday to discuss a research project regarding the American Indian population in the Bismarck-Mandan community.

6/28/2013

article Two American Indians Named to US Census National Advisory Committee
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Census Bureau Wednesday announced 10 new members of its National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. Among the ten...

6/10/2013

article If only American Indians made the NSA heat map
(USA) -- The 21st century is a world where data — bits of information about what we do, what we say and how we spend money — has become as important as the...

5/8/2013

article Manitoba's aboriginal population continues to grow
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba continues to have the highest percentage of aboriginal people among Canada's provinces, and it's a growing and youthful segment of the...
article The Aboriginal population: younger and more troubled
(Ottawa) -- The dry data of the National Household Survey paints a grim picture of the challenges facing Canada’s First Nations youth. But what, if anything, can...

2/18/2013

article Three Affiliated Tribes to hold census
(North Dakota) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes will conduct a census of Fort Berthold Reservation beginning this month and lasting through March 30.

1/30/2013

article American Indian farmers increase on Census
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indian farmers and ranchers now have an opportunity to participate in the Census of Agriculture, which is conducted by the National...

1/13/2013

article USDA: American Indian Farmers and Ranchers Need to Stand Up and Be Counted
(Montana) -- The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service released the following notice urging Native farmers and...

12/13/2012

press release Census Bureau News -- Census Bureau Releases 2010 Census American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File
(Washington D.C.) -- Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2010 Census American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File. This summary file provides statistics for the...

10/29/2012

article Native Sun News: Crow Creek Sioux man gets on Census panel
(South Dakota) -- On Oct. 12, Donald Loudner, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, was once again named to the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory...

5/22/2012

press release Census Bureau Releases Estimates of Undercount and Overcount in the 2010 Census
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Census Bureau released today results from its post-enumeration survey, providing a measure of the accuracy of the 2010 Census. The results...
article Government: 2010 census was mostly accurate but still disproportionately missed minorities
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly...

5/20/2012

article Oklahoma Native American Population Grows in 2011
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Census Bureau estimates show the Native American population in Oklahoma increased from 8.6 percent in 2010 to 8.9 percent in 2011, reported the...

5/17/2012

article American Indian population grows to 6.3M
(USA) -- There were over 6.3 million American Indian/Alaska Natives in the United States in 2011 according to a U.S. Census report released on Thursday, May 17. That...

5/16/2012

article Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S.
(Washington D.C.) -- After years of speculation, estimates and projections, the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United...

4/13/2012

article Tribal citizenship number skewed
(Oklahoma) -- As of April 10, there were 315,698 citizens enrolled in the Cherokee Nation, making it the largest American Indian tribe in the country.

3/23/2012

article Indian life expectancy rises significantly, census data shows
(South Dakota) -- Newly released census data shows male life expectancy in Shannon County is now more than 71 years, compared to five years ago when life expectancy for...

3/14/2012

article SD Indian population younger than other groups
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's American Indian population is younger than the state's overall population, a trend that has implications for the provision of...

2/21/2012

article Census shows increase in Cherokee respondents
(Oklahoma) -- According to a Jan. 25 U.S. Census release, people claiming Cherokee lineage on their Census forms increased by more than 89,000 to 819,105 since the 2000...

2/13/2012

article Forest fires blocked census on First Nations
(Ontario) -- The latest census results for northwestern Ontario are incomplete. Statistics Canada said 13 remote First Nations aren't represented in its report...
article Reserve population grew 16%, census says
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan's First Nations reserves saw a big population jump over the last five years, according to the 2011 federal census.

2/11/2012

article OP/ED: Government Census Numbers on Indian Population Way Off Target
(USA) -- The United States Census recently assessed that the Native population in America has grown a staggering 39 percent in the past decade.

2/9/2012

article Growth of Northwest Tribes Outpaces General Population
(Washington) -- Membership in Northwest tribes has grown faster than the general population, reports Northwest News Network. This growth has strained some tribes and...

2/1/2012

article Census: Few among Arizona's tribes claimed to be multiracial
(Washington D.C.) -- The number of American Indians who claimed to be multiracial jumped sharply over the last decade, but not so much in Arizona, the Census Bureau...

1/30/2012

article American Indian population grows in US
(Michigan) -- When filling out her next census form, Jessica Rivard would fill in the bubble to identify herself as an American Indian in the race category.

1/27/2012

press release 2010 Census Shows Nearly Half of American Indians and Alaska Natives Report Multiple Races
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Census Bureau today released a 2010 Census brief, The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2010, [PDF] that shows almost half (44...
article BLOG: Complicating the 2010 US Census Native Data
(Massachusetts) -- Back in 2010 when the census came in the mail, I remember sitting with my roommate at the kitchen table filling out our forms together, laughing and...
article Census Finds Claims Of Tribal Heritage Jump Dramatically
(Washington) -- The number of people claiming tribal heritage increased dramatically in the Northwest over the past decade. The number of residents who identify as...

1/26/2012

article Census: Native count jumps by 27 percent
(Arizona) -- America's Native population climbed by nearly a third between 2000 and 2010, surprising U.S. Census Bureau data analysts and delighting managers of...

1/25/2012

article Census data shows more American Indians, Alaska Natives identifying with multiple races
(Arizona) -- Almost half of American Indians and Alaska Natives identify with multiple races, representing a group that grew by 39 percent over a decade, according to U....

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