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How Trump Officials Cut The 2020 Census Short Amid The Pandemic

President Trump said it was a “situation that has to be.” A month after he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, Trump explained from behind the podium of the White House press briefing room on April 13 that the 2020 census had to be given more time.

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10/15/2020

article Supreme Court's Census ruling a 'bitter pill' to tribes, advocates
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court Tuesday said the Census Bureau can stop its count of the population, a blow to tribal leaders and local advocates for...
article Ute Mountain Utes report 100% success rate on census count
(Colorado) -- U.S. Census Bureau workers and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe were determined to get an accurate count for 2020. “We were undercounted last time, so it...

10/14/2020

article U.S. SupCo allows halt of Census count, possibly costing Montana 2nd House seat
(Montana) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Trump administration can shut down the 2020 Census ahead of schedule, possibly leaving part of Montana...

10/13/2020

article Supreme Court says Trump administration can shut down census count now, despite fears of an undercount
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration may shut down the census count now, after the Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a judicial order keeping the count going...
article Supreme Court’s Census ruling a ‘bitter pill’ to tribes, advocates
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court Tuesday said the Census Bureau can stop its count of the population, a blow to tribal leaders and local advocates for...

10/12/2020

article Efforts Underway To Boost Native American Communities' Census Response Rates
(Indian Country) -- The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is rapidly approaching at the end of this month. Rates have varied across the country, with some of the...
article Native American Census Response Still Low in Utah
(Utah) -- The U.S. Census Bureau is encouraging residents of tribal areas to respond now to the 2020 census, as the deadline has been extended to Oct. 31. During the...

10/6/2020

article Census outreach in high gear for Native groups across WA
(Washington) -- The phone rang at 11:30 at night. It was a Yakama Nation community member calling with questions about filling out the 2020 census. Late night phone...

10/5/2020

article How Native groups are making sure they count in the 2020 census
(Indian Country) -- The phone rang at 11:30 at night. It was a Yakama Nation community member calling with questions about filling out the 2020 census. Late night phone...
article Census Outreach In High Gear For Native Groups Across WA
(Washington) -- The phone rang at 11:30 at night. It was a Yakama Nation community member calling with questions about filling out the 2020 census. Late night phone...

10/3/2020

article On some parts of the Navajo Nation, a census count takes innovation
(Navajo Nation) -- On a hazy weekday morning, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and about two dozen masked volunteers pull into the parking lot of a local chapter...

10/2/2020

article Rural Arizona, Tribal Nations Lag Behind Census Count
(Arizona) -- Today a judge ruled the 2020 Census count will continue through October 31. Census takers are still working to get an accurate count in remote areas of...
article Judge: Census violated order; demands mass text to workers
(Florida) -- A federal judge ordered the Census Bureau to text every 2020 census worker by Friday, letting them know the head count of every U.S. resident is continuing...

10/1/2020

article An inaccurate census has major implications for Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- The first place the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed for the 2020 census was Tooksook Bay, Alaska, part of the agency’s long tradition of conducting...

9/30/2020

article With uncertain deadlines, Arizona tribes fight for a full census count
(Arizona) -- With so much uncertainly surrounding a California federal judge's ruling to allow the 2020 census to continue through Oct. 31, tribes across Arizona are...
article Census Workers Rush To Count Montanans As Uncertain Deadline Looms
(Montana) -- As an uncertain deadline for the census looms, organizers and Get Out the Count workers are rushing to get as many people counted as possible. Just off the...
article American Indians need to complete their census properly to avoid a population undercount
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Census was supposed to conclude on September 30, but the deadline has been pushed back again to Oct. 5. Some areas of the state, like tribal...
article Montana presses to finish census, eyeing 2nd House seat​​​​​​​
(Montana) -- A complete count of Montana’s households could come with a big reward — a second seat in Congress and millions of federal dollars annually. But the 2020...

9/29/2020

article American Indians need to complete their census properly to avoid a population undercount
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Census was supposed to conclude on September 30, but the deadline has been pushed back again to Oct. 5. Some areas of the state, like tribal...
article COLUMN: Pueblos count, now and beyond next decade
(New Mexico) -- The impacts of past census counts are evident in almost every tribal community across the nation. Bustling clinics, lively Head Start schools, and much-...
article Census End Remains Uncertain After Judge Calls New Schedule 'A Violation'
(USA) -- No one knows for sure when counting for the 2020 census is set to end. A day after the Census Bureau fired off a one-sentence tweet announcing Oct. 5 as its new...
article Oklahoma in 'final sprint' before census deadline
(Oklahoma) -- As the deadline for census responses approaches, a number of Oklahoma groups are working to ensure as many people as possible are counted. Oklahoma...

9/28/2020

article NAC: Will the 2020 Census accurately count Native Americans?
(Indian Country) -- The deadline for all U.S. residents to fill out the 2020 Census is approaching fast. Census officials are scrambling to collect information on Native...

9/27/2020

article Native Americans face additional census and COVID-19 challenges — here's why
(Montana) -- Of the eight census-designated Native American reservations in Montana, seven of them have a self-response below 40% for the 2020 U.S. census, as of...

9/25/2020

article Can the Census Be Saved in Indian Country?
(Indian Country) -- On Thursday evening, United States District Judge Lucy Koh issued a preliminary injunction requiring the Census Bureau to continue its fieldwork...
article COVID-19 disrupts US Census count in Navajo Nation
(Navajo Nation) -- You know the drill: Every 10 years the census form arrives in your mailbox, you quickly fill it out and get on with your day; if you don’t,...
article A census undercount could disproportionately affect Arizona's Latino and tribal communities
(Arizona) -- There are no door knocks anymore. And that's becoming a problem. In pre-pandemic times, Census takers on the Navajo Reservation would knock on a house...
article Judge Rules That Census Must Not be Rushed; Victory for Civil Rights Groups, Civic Organizations, and Local Governments
(California) -- The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California last night issued an order blocking the Trump administration's attempts to rush the...

9/23/2020

article New videos urge members of Tribal Nations in Montana to respond to the 2020 Census
(Montana) -- Three influential members of tribes in Montana are lending their voices to convey the importance of the 2020 Census for tribal nations in Montana and to...

9/20/2020

article How Trump Officials Cut The 2020 Census Short Amid The Pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump said it was a “situation that has to be.” A month after he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, Trump...
article Event helps boost census participation on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Attendance held steady at a Sept. 19 drive-thru event at Northern Edge Casino to boost participation in the 2020 census among members of the Navajo...

9/19/2020

article Only 15% Of Gila River Indian Community Residents Have Responded To The Census
(Arizona) -- With the census deadline fast approaching, the Gila River Indian Community is reporting only about a 15% response rate. That means only 3,000 members of the...
article Event at Northern Edge Casino seeks to encourage 2020 Census participation
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise is partnering with the tribe's 2020 Census office to help tribal members complete census forms during an event on...
article Census efforts enter final stretch in hard-to-count areas of Arizona's border counties
(Arizona) -- Lilo Rodriguez and his younger brother Arian walked side by side, wearing face masks, stopping at each mailbox to drop off small white plastic bags and...

9/18/2020

article Census efforts enter final stretch in hard-to-count areas of Arizona's border counties
(Arizona) -- Lilo Rodriguez and his younger brother Arian walked side by side, wearing face masks, stopping at each mailbox to drop off small white plastic bags and...
article Tribes work to beat the Census clock
(Indian Country) -- Every decade, American Indians and Alaska Natives are routinely undercounted by the U.S. Census Bureau’s massive, nationwide effort to tally...

9/16/2020

article New videos urge members of Tribal Nations in Montana to respond to the 2020 Census
(Montana) -- Three influential members of tribes in Montana are lending their voices to convey the importance of the 2020 Census for tribal nations in Montana and to...
article A census undercount could disproportionately affect Arizona's Latino and tribal communities
(Arizona) -- There are no door knocks anymore. And that's becoming a problem. In pre-pandemic times, Census takers on the Navajo Reservation would knock on a house...

9/15/2020

article Billy Mills Calls for Native American Communities to Be Counted, Reinstate 2020 Census Deadline
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, Olympic Gold Medalist and Running Strong for American Indian Youth National Spokesperson Billy Mills delivered 2,027 signatures to the U.S....
article AZ Groups Work Overtime as Census 2020 Deadline Looms
(Arizona) -- With just a few weeks left to complete the 2020 census, groups representing Arizona's historically undercounted residents say they're making a major...
article Choctaw Nation pushing for full census count
(Oklahoma) -- Millions of federal dollars for Native American tribes and their communities are on the line when it comes to the U.S. Census. The Choctaw Nation is trying...

9/13/2020

article Battered by the virus, tribes race to boost census count
(Montana) -- When Lauri Dawn Kindness was growing up, her hometown on the Crow Indian Reservation had an arcade, movie theater, gas stations and family cafe along...

9/12/2020

article Az could lose more than $600M if Census response doesn’t improve
(Arizona) -- While Arizona ranks at the bottom of 2020 Census response, a new congressional report estimates the state would lose more than $600 million in federal...

9/11/2020

article Judge halts plan to end Census early as tribal responses lag
(Washington) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined last week by the...
article Tribes in NM under intense pressure to complete census count by new deadline
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation, one of the hardest hit communities in the nation by the COVID-19 pandemic, is confronting a new enemy: Time. With three weeks to go...

9/10/2020

article COVID-19 Complicates Native American Census Count
(Oregon) -- Many states and cities are putting millions of dollars towards promoting participation in the 2020 census. One of Oregon’s main focuses is their Native...
article Tribal leader says ensuring accurate census is a ‘life and death’ issue
(Arizona) -- Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis told a House panel Thursday that an accurate Census count could be a “matter of life and death...
article Despite judge’s order, plans being made for census layoffs
(Florida) -- Even though a federal judge ordered the U.S. Census Bureau to halt winding down the 2020 census for the time being, supervisors in at least one California...

9/9/2020

article Advocates reaching out to hard-to-count communities to ensure census participation
(California) -- As the census continues to reach out, some feel they're still being left out "If you're not counted, then you're invisible," says...
article Why Native Americans fight to be counted in 2020 census
(Montana) -- When Lauri Kindness was growing up, her hometown on the Crow Indian Reservation had an arcade, movie theater, gas stations, and family cafe along streets...

9/8/2020

article Native American tribes race to complete census before time runs out
(Montana) -- When Lauri Dawn Kindness was growing up, her hometown on the Crow Indian Reservation had an arcade, movie theater, gas stations and family cafe along...
article Judge halts plan to end Census early, as Arizona, tribal responses lag
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined last week by...
article North Dakota groups try to boost tribal census participation
(North Dakota) -- Several groups in North Dakota are working to increase tribal participation in the 2020 U.S. census to ensure they are not undercounted or underfunded...

9/7/2020

press release Judge halts plan to end Census early, as Arizona, tribal responses lag
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined last week by...
article Navajo casinos join effort to boost census participation
(New Mexico) -- Casinos on the Navajo Nation are teaming up with census officials for a series of events they hope will boost participation in the count. Billions of...
article 'It's up to us': Census response risks undercount, underfunding for North Dakota tribes
(North Dakota) -- Cheryl Kary knows how important an accurate census is for Indian Country. “We know that tribal programs, whether they serve the Native population...

9/6/2020

article COVID-19 complicates tribes’ efforts to complete Census counts
(Oregon) -- Every decade, American Indians and Alaska Natives are routinely undercounted by the U.S. Census Bureau’s massive, nationwide effort to tally everyone...

9/5/2020

article 2 Arizona tribes join lawsuit against U.S. Census Bureau for plan to end count early
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community have joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government's intent to end counting efforts for the 2020...
article Time Is Running Out To Complete The Census, Here’s Why It’s So Important To Make Sure You’re Counted
(Washington D.C.) -- The drama over the 2020 Census continues. First was a Supreme Court decision that found the Trump administration wasn’t being totally honest...

9/4/2020

article Native Americans Fear Latest Census Deadline Means Yet Another Undercount
(Oregon) -- Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau revised an extended deadline from October 31st to the end of this month. Many groups – including Native Americans in...
article Apache, Navajo counties census count plunges
(Arizona) -- Plagued by a pandemic, Apache and Navajo Counties appear headed for a disastrous census undercount, which will cost residents millions in federal and state...
article Navajo casinos join effort to boost census participation
(Navajo Nation) -- Casinos on the Navajo Nation are teaming up with census officials for a series of events they hope will boost participation in the count. Billions of...
article Early Census deadline ‘feels like an attack’
(Arizona) -- Two tribes joined cities, counties and nonprofit organizations in a lawsuit against the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Commerce for shortening the...
article Phoenix Indian Center Makes Census Plea to the American Indian Community
(Arizona) -- Phoenix Indian Center urges Indian American community members to complete the Census to ensure that federal funds can be rightly allocated. The Census...

9/3/2020

article Navajo Nation Could Lose 'Tens Of Millions Of Dollars' If Census Deadline Shortened
(Navajo Nation) -- On the Navajo Nation, the self-response rate for the 2020 census is lagging — only about 18% of households on the Nation have filled out the...
article California census leaders: 'We have 30 days to make a difference'
(California) -- Rushing to increase California’s census response rate before a shortened schedule ends Sept. 30, community groups and census leaders are asking...
article Rural census workers rush to meet shortened deadline
(Alaska) -- During a recent virtual panel discussion on Facebook Live, Alaska census advocates talked about getting people to participate in the count. “People...

8/26/2020

article 'Form of erasure:' Indigenous inmates may be misrepresented in 2020 census, activist says
(Montana) -- Before the Montana State Prison restricted visitation due to COVID-19, Laurie Little Dog, 38, made frequent visits to the facility in Deer Lodge. Her...

8/25/2020

article Arizona's Census response one of the lowest in nation
(Arizona) -- With just over a month to go, Arizonans are responding to the U.S. census at a rate near the bottom of the national pack. And that could affect everything...

8/24/2020

article As Census Count Resumes, Doubts About Accuracy Continue to Grow
(Washington D.C.) -- With the 2020 census into its final stage, more than one in three people hired as census takers have quit or failed to show up. Many still on the...

8/23/2020

article Inland Northwest tribes race to avoid undercount after Census Bureau moves cuts door-to-door outreach by a month
(Washington) -- Tribal communities in the Inland Northwest face the prospect of a severe undercount in the 2020 census after the Census Bureau announced Aug. 3 that it...

8/21/2020

article Efforts To Count Tribal Communities Ramp Up As Early Census Deadline Approaches
(New Mexico) -- After COVID-19 hit, federal officials initially gave extra time to Census collectors to count every person living in the United States. But then they...
article Commentary: The census will help keep our Kumeyaay culture, language and history alive. Here’s how.
(California) -- Set on the U.S.-Mexico border and nestled between the coast, deserts and mountains, San Diego is not only diverse in topography but also a melting pot...
article Census Takers Coming to the Colville Reservation
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes announces that enumerators (census takers) for the 2020 census will be visiting homes on the Colville Reservation between now and...

8/19/2020

article U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Colleagues Press for Accurate 2020 Census Count for Native Communities
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and a group of their colleagues to urge the...

8/18/2020

article Tribe, Indian Country working towards accurate Census count as deadline looms
(North Carolina) -- Earlier in August, the Census Bureau reversed an April decision that would have extended field data collection for the 2020 Census to the end of...

8/17/2020

article Census 2020: Montana tribes poised for 'historic undercount' following shortened deadline
(Montana) -- Following the U.S. Census Bureau's announcement to shorten its response deadline by one month, experts and Native Americans in Montana fear tribes will...

8/9/2020

article Census hasn’t always counted Native Americans. Now it tries.
(USA) -- Norbert Nez is worried about the census. A self-described map enthusiast, he took a job with the Census in 1990 as an enumerator fresh out of college and eager...
article Census 2020 sees lower response rate from the reservations so far
(South Dakota) -- Collecting census data for 2020 started in April. But so far, the Native American reservations are showing less of a response rate. As of August 6, the...
article Abrupt change to census deadline could result in an undercount of Latino and Black communities
(Washington D.C.) -- Census experts and advocates warn that the Trump administration’s decision to end the decennial count a month earlier than expected will...

8/7/2020

article Earlier census deadline sparks concern about undercounting Native Americans
(South Dakota) -- Americans now have fewer weeks to complete their census, causing some in South Dakota to worry that an undercount of the state's Native American...
article Census hasn’t always counted Native Americans. Now it tries.
(Colorado) -- Norbert Nez is worried about the census. A self-described map enthusiast, he took a job with the Census Bureau in 1990 as an enumerator fresh out of...

8/6/2020

article AFN protests decision to shorten timeline for the 2020 census
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Federatiion of Natives says it is deeply concerned by Census Bureau plans to cut the national count a month short by ending operations September...

8/5/2020

article Census deadline moved up, surprising NM native communities
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico’s tribal communities suddenly find themselves in a rush to reorganize their plans to ensure a complete census count after federal...
article Montana Officials Worry New Census Deadline Could Lead To Undercount
(Montana) -- State officials are worried a new sped up federal deadline could jeopardize Montana’s chances of getting an accurate census total. The once a decade...

8/4/2020

article Early census deadline has New Mexico officials reeling
(New Mexico) -- Cristina Caltagirone paused to catch her breath as she laid out everything she suddenly had to do in the face of a new deadline. Drive promotional...
article Klamath Tribes making sure they're counted
(Oregon) -- Ginette Lewis has been knocking on doors and making hundreds of calls over the past few months, all to spread the good word of the 2020 U.S. Census. As the...

8/3/2020

article Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short By A Month
(Washington D.C.) -- The Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month shorter than previously announced, the bureau's...
article OP/ED: Trump is resurrecting the census’s horrific history
(Washington D.C.) -- To tell the story of America, we must see who lives within her borders. The census is the constitutionally protected tool wielded every 10 years to...

7/28/2020

article 2020 Census Pushes On For Full Count Of Indigenous Americans
(Oregon) -- Despite the pandemic’s disruption of the 2020 Census, officials are hopeful they can avoid repeating the nearly 5 percent undercount of American Indian...

7/23/2020

article Tribal communities have low returns as U.S. Census set to begin door-to-door phase
(New Mexico) -- While 99 percent of homes on the New Mexico side of the Navajo Nation have received their “Update Leave” census packet–a specific form...

7/21/2020

article Turtle Mountain chairman reaffirms effort to get entire tribe counted in 2020 census
(North Dakota) -- Ensuring every citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is counted in the 2020 census is essential because it will affect future generations to...

7/15/2020

article Coronavirus pandemic threatens accurate census count for Native American tribes
(Arizona) -- Vernon Livingston found his 2020 census packet strewn on the ground three weeks ago outside his home on the Navajo Nation, presuming it had blown away after...

7/10/2020

article Tribal Census Day event in the Turtle Mountains
(North Dakota) -- The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is encouraging tribal members to come out to the Sky Dancer Casino parking lot Friday to have their names counted...

7/9/2020

article 'Hard-to-count' Native American tribes lag behind rest of Wisconsin in census response
(Wisconsin) -- It's a question Skye Alloway comes across a lot in her work with the 2020 census: What good will giving the U.S. government my information do for me...
article 'Hard-to-count' Native American tribes lag behind rest of Wisconsin in census response
(Wisconsin) -- It's a question Skye Alloway comes across a lot in her work with the 2020 census: What good will giving the U.S. government my information do for me...

7/8/2020

article Chickasaw citizens urged to complete census
(Oklahoma) -- Officials in Chickasaw County are urging the citizens to complete the United States Census. The census, which is a count of citizens in the country, is...

7/2/2020

article Native Americans are regularly undercounted in the census. COVID-19 will make it worse.
(Indian Country) -- You don’t have to look far to see the devastating economic impact a community can face after the U.S. Census screws up its population count....

6/30/2020

article The US Government Has Always Undercounted Native Americans. But COVID-19 Could Make the 2020 Census a Disaster.
(Washington D.C.) -- You don’t have to look far to see the devastating economic impact a community can face after the US Census screws up its population count....

6/26/2020

article New Mexico tribes play catch up in census count
(New Mexico) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed long standing social and economic inequities that many say are at the root of a highly disproportionate number of...

6/23/2020

article Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them
(Arizona) -- Experts can cite any number of historical and logistical reasons why Native Americans have relatively low response rates to the Census, but Arbin Mitchell...

6/18/2020

article Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them
(Arizona) -- Experts can cite any number of historical and logistical reasons why Native Americans have relatively low response rates to the Census, but Arbin Mitchell...
article Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them
(Navajo Nation) -- Experts can cite any number of historical and logistical reasons why Native Americans have relatively low response rates to the Census, but Arbin...
article Pandemic Adds Urgency To Census Effort On Tribal Lands
(Oregon) -- The pandemic has sharpened divides that were already there — divides between who is most at risk of being exposed to disease, where health resources...
article Pandemic Adds Urgency To Census Effort On Tribal Lands
(Oregon) -- The pandemic has sharpened divides that were already there — divides between who is most at risk of being exposed to disease, where health resources...

6/13/2020

article Lagging census response could cost Montana a second House seat
(Montana) -- Members of the commission tasked with redrawing Montana’s legislative boundaries following the 2020 census expressed frustration over the state’...

6/10/2020

article Census workers to resume delivering packets to Navajo homes
(Arizona) -- Census workers will resume dropping off questionnaires at homes on the Navajo Nation this week. The tribe's legislative branch said the work to deliver...

6/9/2020

article Prairie Band Potawatomi lawsuit claims treasury department undercounted population
(Kansas) -- Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation has filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the remainder of $8 billion granted to tribal governments from being distributed under...

6/5/2020

article Indian Country census response low as activists work to increase rate
(Montana) -- As Montana lags behind in its census response rate, some activists have struggled to get Indian Country counted during a pandemic that has all but halted...

6/3/2020

article Census Bureau to resume operations on CRIT lands; La Paz has low response rate
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Census Bureau will resume operations on the Colorado River Indian Reservation starting Monday, June 8. This comes at the Census Bureau says La Paz...
article Census undercount may lead to less funding for Tlingit and Haida
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska’s largest tribe is reminding citizens that it could see a loss in funding if they don’t report in the 2020 census. Tlingit and...

5/28/2020

article Montana lagging behind in 2020 Census count
(Montana) -- The U.S. Census took a break during the the early part of coronavirus pandemic but as a constitutionally mandated count Census workers are having to get...

5/26/2020

article Less than 1 percent of people in the Navajo Nation have responded to the U.S. Census
(Arizona) -- The first person counted in the 2020 Census was an Alaskan Indian. The United Census Bureau, which began the count on Jan. 17 in Toksook Bay, Alaska, hoped...

5/25/2020

article ND Officials Aim to Ensure American Indian Kids Counted in Census
(North Dakota) -- Making sure all children are counted is a common theme for the 2020 Census. The number of young children missed in previous counts has grown steadily,...
article AFN urges all Alaska Natives to be counted in 2020
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), the largest native organization in the state, wants Native Alaskans to be prepared before they fill out the 2020...

5/23/2020

article Rural areas, tribal lands hit hardest by census interruption
(New Mexico) -- Even though they're neighbors, two New Mexico counties couldn't be further apart in the rate of people answering the 2020 census. Los Alamos...

5/15/2020

article Commentary: The U.S. Census gives Native Americans a voice on jobs, land, economy
(California) -- Southern California is home to the largest percentage of tribal governments in the state and has more reservations than any county in the country....

5/8/2020

article Montana counts, as do Native-American communities
(Montana) -- Due to its rural nature and remote communities, Montana is one of the first states in the nation to resume “Update Leave” operations for the...

5/5/2020

article Montana counts, as do Native-American communities
(Montana) -- Due to its rural nature and remote communities, Montana is one of the first states in the nation to resume "Update Leave" operations for the 2020...

4/25/2020

article Tribal census tally hit by virus
(New Mexico) -- Last time that he responded to the U.S. Census, in 2010, LoRenzo Bates spoke to a census-taker outside his home in Upper Fruitland on the Navajo Nation...

4/24/2020

article Out for the Count? Terri Ann Lowenthal on the Coronavirus Threat to the Census
(Washington D.C.) -- This month the US Census Bureau announced that it was postponing its field operations until June 1 and extending its deadline to count every...

4/22/2020

article Census in rural, Native American communities delayed until June
(USA) -- Native Americans living on some reservations and other remote areas must wait until June to participate in the U.S. Census due to COVID-19 restrictions. It...

4/14/2020

article Tribes push 2020 census completion despite pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- Tribes in Oklahoma have worked the last decade to ensure their members are better counted in the 2020 U.S. census, but the coronavirus pandemic is making...

4/13/2020

article Tribes push 2020 census completion despite pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- Tribes in Oklahoma have worked the last decade to ensure their members are better counted in the 2020 U.S. census, but the coronavirus pandemic is making...
article Cherokee Nation to citizens: Get counted
(Oklahoma) -- To reach the fullest potential for federal funding, Cherokee Nation leaders remain steadfast in urging tribal citizens to get counted in the latest census...

4/12/2020

article Tribes push for census completion during pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s tribes have spent the last decade to ensure their members are better counted by the U.S. census. But the coronavirus pandemic is making...

4/10/2020

article Tribes Push For Census Completion Despite Pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s tribes have spent the last decade to ensure their members are better counted by the U.S. census. But the coronavirus pandemic is making...

4/2/2020

article Down for the count: Tribes’ Census response lags far behind state, U.S.
(Arizona) -- Tribal response to the 2020 Census badly trails state and national rates, according to Census Bureau data, with the already-challenging task of counting in...
article 50 Years Ago: Census raises questions about true Diné count
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Census Office has hired more than 30 workers, most of them Navajo, to help determine how many people are living on the Navajo Reservation on April...

4/1/2020

article Coronavirus wreaking havoc with America's 2020 census
(USA) -- April 1 is Census Day. It's not the deadline, as some may believe, but it is the date by which every American should have received an invitation to...

3/31/2020

article National Census Day is April 1
(North Carolina) -- National Census Day is April 1 when all residents of the United States are invited to participate in the 2020 Census. Residents of the Qualla...

3/20/2020

article How Suspending U.S. Census Field Operations Could Affect Minority Groups
(USA) -- The U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday it would suspend field operations for the 2020 census as a result of the coronavirus— but with boots-on-the-...

3/18/2020

article Census Suspends Field Operations Amid Coronavirus Fears
(Washington D.C.) -- Only days into the start of the 2020 census, the Census Bureau said Wednesday that it is suspending its field operations for two weeks while it...

3/17/2020

article Making the Census count
(Indian Country) -- The decennial census is now underway. Tribes and organizations are making a push to get an accurate count of all Native Americans. They are also...

3/16/2020

article Will This Year’s Census Be the Last?
(USA) -- “Count all people, including babies,” the U.S. Census Bureau instructs Americans on the questionnaire that will be mailed to every household by...

3/15/2020

article The 2020 Census Must Not Make the Mistake Again of Undercounting Native People
(USA) -- Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal leaders...

3/13/2020

article Census in Oregon begins with a reservation, and a prayer
(Oregon) -- Census 2020 opened in Oregon on Thursday with an elder from the Warm Springs Reservation, and a prayer for protection from illness. Native Americans were...
article Oregon’s 2020 census count begins in Warm Springs
(Oregon) -- Oregon's 2020 census effort to count the state's population kicked off Thursday on the land owned and cherished by the Confederated Tribes of Warm...
article Native Americans in New York Fear Another Census Undercount
(New York) -- The decennial Census is an exercise in counting every single resident of the United States of America, but the tragic irony of the process is that it...

3/12/2020

article Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census
(Indian Country) -- Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal...

3/11/2020

article 2020 Census For Oregon Kicks Off On Indian Reservation
(Oregon) -- This Thursday (3/12) the very first 2020 Census count in Oregon will be conducted…on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Festivities include a pow-wow,...
article Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census
(Michigan) -- Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal leaders...
article Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census
(USA) -- Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal leaders...

3/10/2020

article Shinnecock Nation Demands Accurate Census Count
(New York) -- Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation are standing with other tribal leaders, elders, and community advocates calling for a more accurate census count of...
article CN reinforces need for accurate Census count
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Dist. 6 representative urged his constituents to completely and accurately fill out the 2020 Census when it arrives. “It...

3/6/2020

article Warm Springs Tribes to conduct Oregon’s first 2020 census count
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs said Friday it has been asked by the U.S. Census Bureau to host the first count in the state of Oregon for the 2020...

3/5/2020

article Tribal leaders encourage citizens to participate in 2020 Census
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders are encouraging all citizens to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census. On Wednesday, Congresswoman Kendra Horn announced that tribal...

3/4/2020

article Census 2020: How Native American Officials Are Working Towards an Accurate Count
(Indian Country) -- We’ve been looking into a number of questions surrounding the 2020 census over the past several weeks. We’ve been checking in on what...
article Native census broadcast from California
(California) -- National Native American organizations will collaborate with Indian Country Today in a broadcast roundtable on Mar. 9 on the Pala Indian Reservation to...
article Tribal Nations and Native American Organizations Endorse Horn's Census Resolution
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, Kendra Horn announced a slate of endorsements for the bipartisan legislation she introduced last week, urging a full Census count of...

3/3/2020

article Census 2020: Ensuring Native Americans On Long Island Get Counted
(New York) -- A new project will organize indigenous people in Suffolk County to make sure they are counted accurately in the U.S. Census. Members of the indigenous...

3/2/2020

article Native American organizations, Navajo Nation urge census participation
(Arizona) -- Three national Native American organizations are collaborating to heighten awareness among tribal members about participating in the 2020 census. The...

2/28/2020

article Three national Native American organizations partner for historic census initiative
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC), and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) have...
article Census worker connects with Oregon tribes
(Oregon) -- During the 2010 census, the first with a dedicated strategy to connect with tribal communities, nearly 5% of Native Americans were never counted. The U.S....

2/27/2020

article Bullock meets Little Shell leaders to discuss 2020 Census
(Montana) -- Gov. Steve Bullock met Little Shell tribal leaders at their headquarters in Great Falls on Thursday to discuss preparation for the 2020 Census. "Tribal...

2/26/2020

article Tribal Council encourages employees to consider part time census job
(Montana) -- The 2020 Census count is extremely important because an accurate count translates into an increase in federal funding of critical programs like education,...

2/25/2020

article ‘There’s nothing to be afraid of’: Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census
(Arizona) -- Inaccurate census figures can lead to a loss of federal funds essential for many communities, and they can result in a state losing seats in Congress. These...

2/24/2020

article Why It's Important For Native Americans In Arizona To Be Counted In Census
(Arizona) -- Officials are working to ensure that Native Americans are counted in the 2020 census. But there are a lot of challenges in making that happen — time,...

2/19/2020

article Census will determine Maine’s “fair share”
(Maine) -- Starting next month every household in Ellsworth, and Hancock County, and Maine, and the entire country will start receiving the same thing in the mail...
article Native American tribes and accurate census counts
(Michigan) -- 2020 is a census year, which means many Native American tribes are working to get an accurate count to receive federal funding. There are 12 federally...

2/18/2020

article 'We Are Part Of The United States': The 1st People Counted For The 2020 Census
(Alaska) -- Cross the treeless, frozen tundra of southwest Alaska, over ice-covered lakes and ponds near the Bering Sea, and you'll find the first community in the U...

2/12/2020

article Cherokee Nation banking on accurate Census count
(Oklahoma) -- Like other tribes, the Cherokee Nation is urging its citizens to complete the upcoming 2020 Census “completely and accurately” to guarantee an...

2/11/2020

article New Mexico triples spending on census participation
(New Mexico) -- In mid-March, households nationwide will begin receiving mail from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions for responding online, by phone or mail. The...

2/9/2020

article Climate Change Threatens Alaska Census Count
(California) -- Rising temperatures are forcing some Alaska Native villages to consider relocating to higher ground. Climate change is also complicating an accurate...

2/6/2020

article Massive Navajo census effort underway
(Arizona) -- The importance of a complete count for the census is paramount to the future of the Navajo Nation because federal funding depends on it, said Arbin Mitchell...

1/30/2020

article New Mexico tribes mobilize to ensure accurate count during U.S. Census
(New Mexico) -- In an effort to ensure an accurate count of Native Americans in New Mexico, one of the nation’s hardest-to-count states, the state’s 23...

1/29/2020

article NM prepares for emergency census spending
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico lawmakers raced Wednesday to approve new funding aimed at boosting participation in the 2020 census — a particular challenge in a rural...

1/28/2020

article Native Americans In Texas Hope To Improve Census Count
(Texas) -- Indigenous Americans make up less than two percent of the U.S. population. It's a historically-undercounted population that's often called '...
article NAC: Count on being counted
(Indian Country) -- The very first person to be counted this month for the 2020 U.S. Census was 90-year-old Lizzie Chimiugak, a Yup’ik woman from Toksook Bay...

1/27/2020

article Forest County Potawatomi working toward accurate count in 2020 Census
(Wisconsin) -- In the Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center, a picture of tribal members from 1925 hangs on the wall. Skye Alloway is unsure if they were ever counted...

1/26/2020

article TUIR is prepping for the 2020 census
(Oregon) -- Officials for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are getting ready for the 2020 U.S. Census. Legislative Affairs Director Jane Hill...

1/23/2020

article Native organizations to bring awareness to census in urban Indian communities
(Indian Country) -- Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), and National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) have partnered to...

1/22/2020

article The first count of the US Census Bureau in Toksook Bay, Alaska, did not go off as planned Tuesday.
(Alaska) -- The first count of the US Census Bureau in Toksook Bay, Alaska, did not go off as planned Tuesday. Reuters reports the two charter flights carrying the...

1/21/2020

article At 90, Alaska Native woman is 1st counted in US Census
(Alaska) -- Lizzie Chimiugak has lived for 90 years in the windswept western wilds of Alaska, born to a nomadic family who lived in mud homes and followed where the good...

1/20/2020

article Census count is 'an act of rebellion'
(Alaska) -- It's the dead of winter in Alaska as the US Census Bureau kicks off the 2020 census in remote village Tuesday. The census is taken every ten years to...

1/19/2020

article Cherokee Nation urging tribal citizens to be counted in 2020 Census
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is kicking off its #CherokeeNationCounts 2020 Census campaign, urging tribal citizens to complete the Census completely and accurately...
article U.S. census to kick off in remote Alaska Native village
(Alaska) -- This year’s once-a-decade official U.S. national population count will start in a small Alaska Native village perched on the tundra overlooking the Bering...

1/17/2020

article Cherokee Nation Urging Tribal Citizens To Complete 2020 Census
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is kicking off its #CherokeeNationCounts 2020 Census campaign, urging tribal citizens to fill out the Census completely and accurately...

1/16/2020

article The 2020 Census starts tomorrow. Will Native Americans be under-counted?
(USA) -- As the sun comes up at around 10 a.m. on Jan. 17, census workers will begin trekking through some of the most remote parts of the country to carry out a...

1/14/2020

article ‘We are still here’: Native Americans fight to be counted in US census
(Washington D.C.) -- It was the largest rollback of federal lands protections in US history. When President Donald Trump signed a 2017 executive order that reduced the...

1/13/2020

article There Might Not Be A Citizenship Question On The 2020 Census But DHS Will Give The Census Citizenship Info
(Washington D.C.) -- After President Donald Trump’s efforts to have a citizenship question on the 2020 census was stopped by the Supreme Court last June, he is now...

1/11/2020

article Audio recordings in Native languages urge completing census
(New Mexico) -- Online and over the phone, U.S. census forms and interviews will be available in 13 languages, none of which are Native American. Census instructions are...

1/8/2020

article Census: 'Do it for the kids'
(Arizona) -- In the conference room of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, a chair sat empty at a recent convening of community media and stakeholders to promote...

12/30/2019

article Native activists working to get Montana reservations fully counted in census
(Montana) -- On a Tuesday in mid-December, Jade Sooktis is busy flagging down just about every person walking through the doors of the Shoulderblade Complex in Lame Deer...

12/28/2019

article Native American leaders determined to avoid repeat of last census undercount
(Arizona) -- Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the 2020 census, the...
article Native Americans, the census' most undercounted racial group, fight for an accurate 2020 tally
(Indian Country) -- Native Americans feel like they don't count. And they might not be wrong -- they are the most undercounted group on the U.S. census, which means...

12/26/2019

article First ads for 2020 census launch in remote Alaskan villages
(Alaska) -- The first ads for the 2020 census launched this week in a remote part of Alaska with plans for an advertising campaign for the rest of the country slated for...

12/24/2019

article Native American leaders determined to prevent repeat of last census undercount
(Arizona) -- Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the 2020 census, the...

12/16/2019

article Native American leaders work to overcome community mistrust of census
(Minnesota) -- When community organizer Elizabeth Day asked a group of Native Americans in the Twin Cities what they wanted to know about the 2020 census, she got a...
article New Mexico aims to foster trust in census to protect funding
(New Mexico) -- Authorities in New Mexico are turning to firefighters, Native American leaders and rural irrigation associations to instill trust and promote...

12/14/2019

article New Mexico aims to foster trust in census to protect funding
(New Mexico) -- Authorities in New Mexico are turning to firefighters, Native American leaders and rural irrigation associations to instill trust and promote...

12/13/2019

article Apache County census: Who counts? Who doesn’t?
(Arizona) -- Apache County has begun to gear up for the Census – with millions upon millions of dollars, political clout and services for residents all on the line...

12/11/2019

article Future of overcrowding tied to accurate census counting
(Alaska) -- Rural Alaskans are expressing concerns with the counting process as the 2020 Census begins January 21 in Toksook Bay. Some fear there will be repercussions...

12/10/2019

article Public information: Census Bureau outlines 2020 Census plans to count American Indians and Alaska Natives
(Indian Country) -- In November, leaders from the U.S. Census Bureau briefed media outlets that serve the American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) community on the...

12/9/2019

article Paper Genocide: The Erasure of Native People in Census Counts
(Indian Country) -- The Trump administration’s fear-mongering tactics against immigrant communities surrounding the 2020 census may have been shocking to some, but...

12/1/2019

article Klamath Tribes gear up for 2020 Census
(Oregon) -- As the nation prepares for upcoming census the Klamath Tribes are also preparing to launch a campaign to increase tribal member participation in the 2020...

11/26/2019

article Oversight panel sues William Barr, Wilbur Ross over 2020 census documents
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Oversight and Reform Committee filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to enforce...

11/25/2019

article Census Recruitment Lagging on Utah Strip Of Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- Most people in the United States will receive a letter in the spring asking them to fill out the 2020 census online. But residents of the Navajo Nation will...

11/21/2019

article Who Will Be the First American Counted in the Census? It Came Down to Two.
(Alaska) -- In this tiny coastal village, five leaders of the Nunakauyarmiut tribe huddled around a table one recent evening to make a decision: Who will be the first...

11/17/2019

article Tribal leaders, federal government looking to ensure tribes accurately counted in upcoming census
(Wyoming) -- With the census count looming, tribal and government leaders have been working to ensure Indigenous people in Wyoming and other states are counted....

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