Northern Cheyenne Making the US Census Work for Tribes


Desi Small-Rodriguez, Northern Cheyenne, was one of two American Indians and 10 new members selected to serve on the US Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations in July. Small-Rodriguez holds bachelors and masters sociology degrees from Stanford University, and worked for four years as a researcher for the Waikato-Tainui Maori Tribe in New Zealand. Along with Fort Sill Apache Timothy Harjo, she hopes to turn data collecting in Indian country into a positive tribes can benefit from and eventually do on their own, and not something to be leery of. She meets with the National Congress of American Indians on October 8 to discuss concerns before a national meeting in D.C. October 17-18.



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