The New Mexico Native Census Coalition is a collaboration of tribes, tribal organizations, Native American businesses and nonprofits working toward an accurate 2020 U.S. Census count of Indigenous people in the state. The coalition is overseen by the Native American Voters Alliance (NAVA) Education Project, an Albuquerque-based nonprofit working to inform, educate and empower the Indigenous electorate. The NAVA Education Project and its sister organization, NAVA, a partisan advocacy organization, have had a long history of engaging Native American people through integrated grassroots voter engagement strategies, including voter registration, issue education, phone banking and general outreach to Native people. The NAVA also has vast experience in campaign work in Navajo, Pueblo and Urban Indian communities.
In 2019, the NAVA Education Project received funding from the NM Counts 2020 Funder Collaborative to help solidify efforts for this historic convening of tribes and tribal organizations and Urban Indian nonprofits for an accurate Census count. The goals of the New Mexico Native Census Coalition are:
- To develop and implement a Tribal Census work plan that includes stakeholders.
- To assist in developing a statewide Tribal Complete Count Committee (CCC) and Urban Indian CCCs to provide a focal point for information distribution to all New Mexico’s tribal nations and urban Native Americans.
- To implement a community education plan that will generate high self-response rates for all 19 Pueblos, Apache, Navajo and Urban Native communities across New Mexico.
- To implement a final count strategy based upon response rates and identify communities in need of further enumeration assistance.
Some partners include:
- All Pueblo Council of Governors
- New Mexico Indian Affairs Department
- NM Statewide Governor’s Complete Count Commission
- Center for Civic Policy
- Americans for Indian Opportunity
- Roanhorse Consulting, LLC
Others that have been invited:
- Navajo Nation
- Jicarilla Apache Nation
- Mescalero Apache Tribe
- Fort Sill Apache Tribe
- Native Leadership Collaborative – Americans for Indian Opportunity
In January 2020, the NAVA Education held a statewide historic convening of tribes, tribal organizations and tribal Complete Count Committees with the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Partnership Specialists to devise a strategy of achieving a 100 percent accurate count of tribal people in the state. A special thanks also goes out to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Tribal Partnership Specialists working with tribes and tribal organizations.
Ahtza D. Chavez
Executive Director, NAVA Education Project
Pueblo Census Coordinator, NM Native American Census Coalition
Albuquerque Urban Indian Census Coordinator, NM Native American Census Coalition
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