As the 2020 census nears, concern about a possible undercount of Native Americans is gaining traction on the Navajo Nation reservation and across the country. https://lat.ms/2WIgQcN
About 600,000 Native Americans live on tribal reservations. Most are remote and all are home to distrust of the U.S. government. Those factors help make reservations among the most difficult places to canvass during the census. 📸: @bvdbrug https://lat.ms/2WIgQcN
In the 2010 census, 1 of every 7 Native Americans living on a reservation was missed, according to an audit by the U.S. Census Bureau.
With seats in Congress and statehouses determined by population, economic allocations are at stake. 📸: @bvdbrug https://lat.ms/2WIgQcN
Getting fair economic allocations is important in places like the Navajo Nation, where roughly 85% of the roads are unpaved. If there hadn’t been an undercount in 2010, the tribe may have received more federal money for its roads. 📸: @bvdbrug https://lat.ms/2WIgQcN
Local tribal council leader Jay DeGroat believes that relying on the federal government to take the lead in locating and enumerating everyone is a mistake.
“It’s on us,” he says. 📸: @bvdbrug https://lat.ms/2WIgQcN
Is your community is at risk of a census undercount? Find out here: https://lat.ms/2WIgQcN
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