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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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7/2/2019

article Making sure the Census counts Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- It was easy to miss an important case from the Supreme Court last week. There were a lot of folks waiting for that last-minute decision from the...
article Census to leave citizenship question off 2020 questionnaire
(Washington D.C.) -- The Census Bureau will not include a question about citizenship in the printed questionnaire for the 2020 census, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross...

7/1/2019

article Aerial photos help census officials pinpoint faraway people
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as its faces challenges tallying people of color...

6/30/2019

article The 2020 census is coming. Will Native Americans be counted?
(New Mexico) -- Leonard Jones doesn't remember a survey packet on the porch or a knock on his front door during the last census count. But that doesn't surprise...

6/27/2019

article Trump asks lawyers if census can be delayed, calls Supreme Court decision ‘totally ridiculous’
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump said Thursday that he is seeking to delay the constitutionally mandated census to give administration officials time to come up with...
article Will Native Americans be counted in 2020 census?
(Indian Country) -- Leonard Jones doesn't remember a survey packet on the porch or a knock on his front door during the last census count. But that doesn't...

6/26/2019

article As Supreme Court prepares to rule on 2020 census dispute, there’s a new legal skirmish
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday is set to decide a politically charged dispute over whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to...

6/25/2019

article The 2020 census is coming. Will Native Americans be counted?
(New Mexico) -- Leonard Jones doesn't remember a survey packet on the porch or a knock on his front door during the last census count. But that doesn't surprise...
article Commerce Dept. ordered ex-official not to answer House panel questions
(Washington D.C.) -- A former senior Commerce Department official refused to answer more than 100 questions during an interview with the House Oversight and Reform...
article DOJ urges definitive ruling from SCOTUS on census citizenship question
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration made an unusual last-minute plea to the Supreme Court Tuesday, telling the justices that actions by lower courts make it...

6/23/2019

article Navajo Nation strategizes to ensure every Navajo citizen is counted
(Arizona) -- Members appointed to the Navajo Nation Census 2020 Complete Count Commission met for the first time May 24, the day after legislation finalizing its...

6/19/2019

article Federal judge says census citizenship question merits more consideration in light of new evidence
(Maryland) -- A federal district judge in Maryland on Wednesday ruled that new evidence in the case of a census citizenship question merits more consideration, opening...

6/15/2019

article Census, tribal leaders push for American Indian participation in 2020 Census
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal officials and tribal leaders have launched a multipronged effort to help ensure an accurate tally of 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska...
article Challengers of census citizenship question ask Supreme Court to put off ruling
(Washington D.C.) -- Organizations challenging the decision to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday night to put off a...

6/14/2019

article Census, tribal leaders push for American Indian participation in 2020 Census
(Indian Country) -- Federal officials and tribal leaders have launched a multipronged effort to help ensure an accurate tally of 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska...
article Political Cornflakes: Why Native American communities are at risk of being undercounted in the U.S. Census
(Utah) -- Happy Friday! Nearly one in seven Native Americans living on a reservation went uncounted during the 2010 U.S. Census, according to an audit by the federal...

6/12/2019

article House panel votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Oversight Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress on Wednesday...

6/11/2019

article DOJ threatens executive privilege to block access to census docs
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department on Tuesday advised President Donald Trump to invoke executive privilege to block House Democrats’ access to documents...

6/3/2019

article Charges of Politics in Census Debate Are ‘Smoke and Mirrors,’ Justice Dept. Says
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department issued a withering rebuke on Monday to assertions that a Republican political operative helped draft the department’s...
article House committee to vote on holding Barr and Ross in contempt
(Washington D.C.) -- The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Monday that the panel would vote to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary...
article House Dems to hold Barr, Ross in contempt over census question
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Oversight and Reform Committee is moving to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress...
article Justice Department says allegations that it hid true motives for census citizenship question are ‘frivolous’
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department on Monday responded to allegations that it had hidden the government’s true motives for adding a citizenship question...
article More than 4 million people at risk of not being counted in 2020 census, new report says
(USA) -- More than 4 million people — including a significant portion of black and Latino Americans — could be left out of the 2020 census, according to a...

6/1/2019

article MILBANK: Trump administration's Census argument is a racist lie
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, the hood came off. The Trump administration has devised a fundamentally racist policy: adding a question to the 2020 Census that will...

5/29/2019

article Census chief assures latinos, Native Americans on 2020 count
(New Mexico) -- The 2020 Census will remain independent and will avoid political pressures amid uncertainty over how the bureau will question immigrants, U.S. Census...

5/28/2019

article ‘We Need Numbers to Tell Our Story’ – reversing Census undercount in Indian Country
(California) -- Fear, distrust and even anger at the federal government are among the obstacles the 2020 Census must overcome to reach an accurate count, especially of...

5/26/2019

article ‘We Need Numbers to Tell Our Story’ – Reversing Census Undercount in Indian Country
(California) -- Fear, distrust and even anger at the federal government are among the obstacles the 2020 Census must overcome to reach an accurate count, especially of...

5/11/2019

article Montana's political leaders sharply divided on U.S. Census citizenship question
(Montana) -- Montana’s top statewide elected officials are bitterly divided on the topic of including a question asking people on the 2020 Census if they are U.S....

5/7/2019

article Montana Faces Unique Counting Challenges With 2020 Census
(Montana) -- The 2020 Census will have a big impact on how federal money and Congressional seats are distributed to states over the next decade. In a rural state like...

5/3/2019

article Chickasaws join 2020 census task to count Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby has announced a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and Chickasaw Nation to help ensure Native Americans are...

4/23/2019

article New Mexico invests millions to bolster census participation
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico launched a multimillion-dollar effort Tuesday to ensure an accurate census count of its heavily Hispanic and Native American population, as...

4/9/2019

article Census is less than a year away; A better count is essential for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- A popular meme shows a gathering of Native Americans on the shore with a ship approaching followed by the punch line: “1491 Census: Population...

1/20/2019

article Federal lawsuit alleges U.S. Census Bureau ill-prepared for 2020 count
(North Dakota) -- A federal lawsuit that contends inadequate funding and staffing at the U.S. Census Bureau will result in an undercount of racial and ethnic minorities...

12/26/2018

article Stakes Are High For Montana, Tribes, In 2020 Census
(Montana) -- The U.S. Census Bureau is starting to hire workers to complete the 2020 enumeration that will determine billions of dollars in funding to the state and...

11/22/2018

article Why the Announcement of a Looming White Minority Makes Demographers Nervous
(Washington D.C.) -- The graphic was splashy by the Census Bureau’s standards and it showed an unmistakable moment in America’s future: the year 2044, when...

10/22/2018

article Supreme Court shields Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering questions in census controversy
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court on Monday shielded Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering lawyers’ questions in a lawsuit challenging his decision to add a...

9/14/2018

article TRAHANT: Census is in deep trouble, tribes could lose millions of dollars
(Washington D.C.) -- One estimate says every tribal citizen not counted costs their tribal government at least $3,000 in lost federal dollars

8/31/2018

article Early efforts begin in North Dakota for accurate 2020 census
(North Dakota) -- Counting people for a census is like wringing a wet sponge, according to the North Dakota Census Office manager. "We can get a lot of water out of...

7/10/2018

press release Lawsuit on 2020 Census Citizenship Question Updated to Include Native American Groups and Charge Government Conspiracy
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American groups have joined a lawsuit filed by attorneys representing Latino and Asian American plaintiffs alleging that the addition of a...

6/26/2018

article Why activists say the census may be the biggest threat to Utah kids
(Utah) -- It’s not poverty, lack of health care, poor education or disease that is the biggest threat to Utah children — but something unusual that may...

5/7/2018

article Governor blasts feds over census citizenship question
(Montana) -- Gov. Steve Bullock sent a letter Monday to two congressmen objecting to a citizenship question that is to be included on the 2020 Census, saying such a...

12/5/2017

article Uncounted: Census far underestimated Ottawa's Inuit population, study says
(Ottawa) -- Statistics Canada’s most recent census has seriously underestimated the numbers of Inuit in Ottawa, a new study has concluded. In October, Statistics Canada...

11/22/2017

article Largest Native American Population in Every State
(USA) -- Thousands of years before Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus landed in America, a different group of people discovered the continent. While there are...

11/12/2017

article 'Woefully inaccurate' Inuit population data overwhelming local agencies
(Ottawa) -- Inaccurate census data about the size of Ottawa's Inuit community is leading to inadequate funding for the health and social services designed to help it...

10/30/2017

article N.M. hardest to count for census
(New Mexico) -- It is hard to put a number on much of what makes New Mexico unique, from the beauty of its desert sunsets to the taste of its chile. Turns out, it is...

7/16/2017

article U.S. Census Bureau Releases New Detailed Statistics on Tribal Groups
(Washington D.C.) -- On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released detailed statistics of social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics for American Indian...

6/25/2017

article Newly Released Census Numbers Show American Indian & Alaska Native Population Growing
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, the U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates on the population in the United States. Estimates released Friday, indicate the American...

5/19/2017

article Census Bureau Launches My Tribal Area for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Did you know that the Navajo Nation has a blossom of elementary school-aged youngsters with 23,946 first- through eighth-graders making up almost...

10/24/2016

article Federal Indian Reservation Census Canceled In Dakotas
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Census Bureau has canceled a planned field operations test next year on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas due to funding...

10/23/2016

article Standing Rock Census Test set for 2017 postponed
(North Dakota) -- A Census test planned for 2017 on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has been postponed due to funding concerns by the U.S. Census Bureau. Instead,...

10/6/2016

article Unzipped: Native American heritage in 77504
(Texas) -- In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Oct. 12 a federal holiday honoring the Italian sailor who stumbled...

4/20/2016

article Colville Reservation in Washington tapped for Census test
(Washington) -- Two Native American reservations — one in Washington state and another in the Dakotas — have been selected as test sites ahead of the 2020...
article Reservations in Dakotas, Washington selected for census test
(South Dakota) -- Two Native American reservations — one in the Dakotas and another in Washington state — have been selected as test sites ahead of the 2020...

4/15/2016

article Census Bureau to conduct test counts on two reservations in 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct test counts on two reservations next year. The counts will reach about 3,500 housing units on the Colville...

4/12/2016

press release American Indian Areas Named as Test Sites in Preparation for the 2020 Census
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that it plans to conduct the 2017 Census Test in selected tribal areas in Washington, North Dakota and South...

12/9/2015

article Ho-Chunk Nation launching comprehensive census
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is launching its first comprehensive census to glean reliable information on tribal members and best develop programs and services....

11/30/2015

press release U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for November 30: Native-Owned Businesses
(Washington D.C.) -- As National American Indian Heritage Month winds down, attention is drawn to the increasing role American Indians and Alaska Natives play in the...

11/18/2015

article Census Bureau aims for better count of Native Americans
(New Mexico) -- Native American tribal lands often contain vast areas of unpaved roads and scattered households that may lack electrical and phone service, much less an...

11/17/2015

article Census weighs changes to counting American Indians in 2020
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Census Bureau is testing new questions on tribal enrollment to try to get a more accurate count of American Indians in 2020. Director John...

11/3/2015

article US census challenge: Counting every Native American and Alaska Native
(California) -- There are 566 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) tribes in the U.S. and 80 more recognized by the states.

10/25/2015

article Mexican-American Indians now make up the fourth largest tribal group in the United States
(USA) -- Mexican-American Indians now make up the fourth largest tribal group in the United States, following the Cherokee, Navajo, and Choctaw, according to the US...

9/17/2015

article 1 in 5 Manitobans will be aboriginal by 2036: StatsCan
(Manitoba) -- The indigenous population in Canada is growing and projected to swell to as many as 2.6 million people by 2036, a new report by Statistics Canada says. The...

7/2/2015

article Census Bureau Seeks Input from Tribal Leaders for 2020 Census
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday plans to conduct eight tribal consultation meetings and one national webinar with 566 federally...

6/12/2015

article American Indian and white, but not ‘multiracial’
(Washington D.C.) -- America’s multiracial population encompasses a multitude of racial combinations. But the largest share of multiracial adults by far –...
article How Pew Research conducted its survey of multiracial Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, Pew Research Center released its first report on American multiracial adults, a group that comprises an estimated 6.9% of the adult...
article Pew: Largest U.S. Multiracial Group More Likely To Lean Republican
(Washington D.C.) -- Non-Hispanic whites with American Indian ancestry make up a full half of the current population of mixed-race Americans but are among the least...

6/11/2015

article Pew: Multiracial population changing the face of the U.S.
(Washington D.C.) -- The number of people who identify themselves as multiracial is growing three times faster than the population as a whole, according to a new report...
article Pew: White-Native American adults largest multiracial group
(Washington D.C.) -- Non-Hispanic whites with American Indian ancestry make up a full half of the current population of mixed-race Americans but are among the least...

3/11/2015

article US Census Predicts Future Of Race In America: By 2044, Whites To Become A Minority
(USA) -- A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau predicted that by as early as 2044 America will become a “majority-minority” nation, where no one racial...

11/13/2014

article Census Bureau Releases Native Facts during Native American Heritage Month
(Washington D.C.) -- In recognition of November being National Native American Heritage Month, the U.S. Census released the following information on Wednesday:

10/31/2014

article US Census Bureau releases industry series report on accommodation
(Washington D.C.) -- Traveler accommodation (NAICS 7211, which includes hotels, motels, casino hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns) accounted for 96.9 percent ($189.3...

7/4/2014

article Census: Number of Arizonans living in 'poverty areas' jumped in 2010
(Arizona) -- The number of Arizona residents living in concentrated "poverty areas" grew significantly in the first decade of the century, according to a new...

5/21/2014

article Databook of the US Censuses and the American Community Survey 1990 – 2010
(California) -- Randall K.Q. Akee & Jonathan B. Taylor have published “Social and Economic Change on American Indian Reservations: A Databook of the US...

5/10/2014

article Reservations push for new census data
(Oklahoma) -- Seeking to gain a more accurate reflection of population numbers, North Dakota’s reservations are asking the U.S. Census Bureau to add a question to...

5/6/2014

article Pew: Millions Changed Race in Census, Spike in 'American Indians'
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 10 million Americans changed their race on their census forms since 2000, and more people identified themselves as "American Indian...

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