US census challenge: Counting every Native American and Alaska Native
SAN DIEGO — There are 566 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) tribes in the U.S. and 80 more recognized by the states. Counting every member is a mandate of the U.S Census Bureau when it takes a national population count every 10 years.
But the agency also has to count people who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, even if they’re not affiliated with any tribe.
And that's where the challenge lies as the 2020 decennial census approaches.