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Efforts Underway To Boost Native American Communities' Census Response Rates

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 11:38am
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 11:43am

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Census 2020 mailer
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A mailer reminder to fill out your 2020 census.

The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is rapidly approaching at the end of this month. Rates have varied across the country, with some of the most dramatic differences happening in Native American communities and Indian Country.

The self-response rate on the Navajo Nation is reported to be 22%, and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation has a self-response rate of only 17%.

The Show spoke with Shadana Sultan, a 2020 census tribal partner specialist, for more about why and what’s being done to increase those figures.

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