2010 Census Count Improving For Native Americans

Responding to chronic failures to accurately account for Native populations in past years, the Census Bureau has actively sought to improve its outreach for the 2010 Census. The Bureau got an early start and partnered with Tribes throughout the country to connect with Tribal members. The initial results indicate a significant increase in the response rate for Tribal members, which should result in better federal representation for Native communities. The information the Census collects helps to determine the allocation of more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year, for projects such as hospitals, schools, emergency services, and transportation.

The Bureau partnered with groups such as the National Congress of American Indians and took a government-to-government approach, making formal presentations to all 564 federally recognized Tribes and asking permission to conduct operations on Tribal lands.

A prime example of the improved accounting in Native communities is found with the Tulalip Tribes, whose Census return rate by last month had hit 70 percent — even before Census workers started their direct outreach to individual Tribal members. In 2000, the Tulalip final return rate was 54 percent.

The Tulalip Tribes plan a news conference to thank the Bureau for its efforts. "We're deeply appreciative of the Census Bureau for understanding that Indian Country was underrepresented 10 years ago," said Tulalip Tribal Chairman Mel Sheldon. "We do not forget our history, it hasn't always been the best of relationships ... but there's a new era here, and we're looking forward with optimism." 

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carol snell - July 16, 2010 12:43 AM

researching information on native population in the greater portland, oregon area. According to the US Census in 2000 the stats for Native Americans of one race was 19,209 and 38,926 multi racial Native Americans living in the Portland metro area.

I am requestings the stats for 2010.

Thank you,carol snell

matthew Gobert - October 24, 2011 3:30 PM

To whom it may concern,
I was wondering how much of the 400 million allocated funding from the government did the blackfeet receive in the last count? I appreciate your responce.
Thank you,
Matthew Gobert

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