The 2020 Census is Finally Underway

February 7, 2020 - Attached is the latest issues of the newsletter on American Indian and Alaska Native issues in Census Bureau operations and data.

The featured story reports on the first enumeration of the 2020 Census.  The Director of the Census Bureau went to the home of Yupik elder in Toksook Bay, an Alaska Native community on the shore of the Bering Se, to collect the data on the household.  Nationwide promotional activities for Census 2020 are now in full swing.

The Census Bureau has begun a long-planned promotional campaign.  The effort includes an advertising campaign, public service announcements and a presence on social media.  Perhaps the most extensive state outreach effort has been underway for some time in California.  The legislature appropriated $187 million to insure that all the heard-to-count population in the state is counted.  Work in the Native Communities, on and off reservation, is being coordinated by the California Indian Manpower Consortium.  Tribes without state funding, such as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota, have set aside scare tribal general fund money for their own Census promotion efforts.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has launched an effort to expand efforts for Indian Country.  Please visit, http://www.ncai.org/initiatives/indian-country-counts