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NCAI Briefing – U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation on Disclosure Avoidance System

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center is hosting the second of two briefing webinars for Tribal leaders and their technical staff in preparation for the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar on the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System. The Tribal Consultation Webinar will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EST. 

The information about attending the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar is located here. The U.S. Census Bureau also lists discussion questions and requests input on a few questions.

The Disclosure Avoidance System includes the statistical methods the U.S. Census Bureau is using to protect the confidentiality of individual response data in the 2020 Census. The statistical methods are complicated, but information released to date, including demonstration data, reveal that there may be adverse impacts on 2020 Census data for Tribal Nations, especially those that are small, rural, or remote. The U.S. Census Bureau needs to hear how Tribal Nations use census data as they try to optimize the quality and usability of the 2020 Census data.

In order to help preparation for the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar, the NCAI Policy Research Center will host a second briefing webinar on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST. During the webinar, we will provide a short presentation summarizing the issues related to the Disclosure Avoidance System and its potential impact on 2020 Census data for Tribal Nations, and then we will leave plenty of time for questions. 

To view our briefing materials and resources on this topic from the past two years, go to our research recommendations website. These resources include research policy briefs, letters, the NCAI resolution on this topic, and videos of webinars organized by year.

To register for the briefing webinar, click on the link below:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2349402774269418255

We hope you can join us for this briefing webinar on this important topic to help you prepare to make comments at the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Questions? Email research@ncai.org

RES 18 39

Advance Tribal Sovereignty in the 2020 Census

Res #: Committee: Submitted by: Title:                                    Pass →                     Yes No Amended/Tabled To NCAI
Res-18-39 Education Patsy Whitefoot Advance Tribal Sovereignty in the 2020 Census X no

WHEREAS, the United States (U.S.) Census is mandated by the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. population is enumerated every 10 years and census data is used to allocate Congressional seats, electoral votes, and is the basis for allocation of more than $600 billion in funding allocations for federally funded programs; and

WHEREAS, federal funding for tribal schools and colleges, education, workforce and career readiness, Indian housing, Indian health, water and sewage projects, roads, economic development and other essential programs are utilized by both urban, rural and tribal communities and is based on data collected by the Census Bureau every ten (10) years; now

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED, that ATNI will partner with organizations to advance tribal sovereignty with organizations such as More Equitable Democracy and others to focus on racial equality and democracy reform; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, these organizations, such as, More Equitable Democracy and others, shall work with Tribal Governments and Tribal Organizations to ensure Census participation, training and education in rural and urban communities, voter registration, Get out the Vote activities, leadership development, and redistricting reform.