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The census is a powerful information source that significantly influences U.S. policy. It is the foundation of American democracy, determining the allocation of Congressional seats and redistricting of voting geographies. Nearly $1 billion in annual federal resources are allocated to Indian Country based on census data.
Nationally, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that American Indians and Alaska Natives living on reservations or in Native villages were undercounted by approximately 4.9 percent in the 2010 census, more than double the undercount rate of the next closest population group.
Make sure to be counted as an American Indian or Alaska Native on the 2020 Census form. Checking the box to indicate that you are American Indian or Alaska Native on the 2020 census form is a matter of self-identification. No proof is required. No one will ask you to show a tribal enrollment card or a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB). In order to be accurately counted make sure to write the entire Tribes name: Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.
For the household to be counted as a “Tribal” household, “Person 1” needs to be the adult TRIBAL MEMBER. If a non-Tribal member is listed as “Person 1” the entire household is then considered non-Tribal in the overall tabulation done by the Census.
The question on the PAPER form will look like this...
The question on the ONLINE form will look like this...
To ensure Tribal Members are counted as accurately as possible mark “American Indian or Alaska Native” with an “X” and list the enrolled or principal tribe as Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians. If submitting the handwritten questionnaire PRINT CLEARLY so that all questions are readable to reduce data entry errors.
Visibility: It is time for American Indians and Alaska Natives to be fully counted in the 2020 Census. An accurate count of American Indians and Alaska Natives is necessary for the upcoming state redistricting processes, which will impact the vote for state and federal representatives. The Native Vote has increasingly become a “swing vote” in several states, and answering the 2020 Census ensures that your vote may make a difference.
Family and Future Generations: Just like past generations, it is important for you to be counted to represent yourself and your family in the 2020 Census now and for future generations.
Resources: Census data is used for federal funding allocations, policymaking, and decisions. Make sure you complete the 2020 Census to be counted and help make the data more accurate when funding and resources are on the line for you and your community. The Census that is conducted every ten years is the only complete count of the U.S. population, and results in data for the nation as a whole including every geographic area within it — down to the smallest American Indian reservation and Alaska Native village. The Census is the only source of this kind of data, with thousands of uses that may impact American Indians and Alaska Natives. Below are just a few of the potential uses of Census data:
- Analyzing the need for Head Start services in each area of a reservation. The Census provides counts of American Indian and Alaska Native children for every community within an American Indian or Alaska Native area.
- Planning the development of facilities for tribal elders. By showing the distribution of American Indian and Alaska Native people by age, Census figures can help to determine appropriate locations for community facilities in tribal areas.
- Strengthening programs for tribal citizens living in urban areas. Census numbers provide the only detailed profiles available of off-reservation American Indian and Alaska Native people, and these profiles are used by the urban Native centers that serve them.
- Helping tribal government agencies and tribally based non-profits, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, to raise money. Census data is used in countless grant proposals to federal, state, and local agencies, as well as to private foundations, to secure funding to create and expand programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
- Building political clout. Census numbers are used not only to determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives in Congress, but also to draw boundary lines for Congressional, state, and local legislative districts.
- Supporting reservation economic development. Tribal entrepreneurs and prospective investors use statistics about the size of the potential market for local services, along with the size of the potential labor force needed, to produce the goods and services a business might offer.
The U.S. Census Bureau uses the information that people provide on the Census form to tabulate statistics on how many people are associated with a tribe or a group of tribes sharing a similar language or other characteristics. This data can help to provide an idea of the number of persons associated with a tribe living on the tribe’s lands or reservation, in a particular city, or in another off–reservation area. Even on a reservation there may be a significant number of people who are not enrolled in the tribe with jurisdiction over that reservation. These counts will show up in the U.S. Census Bureau’s numbers on a reservation when tabulated by tribe. Tribal leaders, planners, grant writers, and others can use this information to supplement enrollment data and other data sources.
Additionally, census data is essential to fair resource distribution and political representation. Federal funding for Indian housing programs, transportation, roads, and other services are often distributed on the basis of census data. This data is also used to allocate Congressional seats, electoral votes, and is the basis for political redistricting. An accurate count is necessary to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native voters have an equal voice in the political process of non-tribal elections.
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