WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) on August 5 issued a letter to Congress expressing concern about the U.S. Census Bureau’s move to push up the deadline for the public to respond to the 2020 Census 30 days.
The groups stated they “are deeply alarmed and concerned with this unwarranted and irresponsible decision. An accurate Census count is essential to ensure fair and accurate representation of all Americans, including this country’s First Americans, because Census data is used for reapportionment of congressional seats and in redistricting to elect representatives at every level of government. Ending the 2020 Census count early during a global pandemic is not only bad policy, it puts at risk the ability of our communities to access social safety net and other benefits that a complete Census count affords Americans wherever they are.”
The Coalition’s parent organization, the NAVA Education Project, supports the call for Congress to immediately extend in-field data collection back to October 31 and extend the statutory deadline, in addition allow Tribal nations to supplement Census data with Tribal membership data.
Read the full NCAI news release.
Read the letter to Congress.