Census weighs changes to counting American Indians in 2020
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is testing new questions on tribal enrollment to try to get a more accurate count of American Indians in 2020, officials said Tuesday.
The agency is aiming to avoid a 5 percent undercount of the population seen in 2010 and reaching out to tribes years in advance, Director John Thompson told The Associated Press.
"We are testing whether we can ask a separate question on enrollment," Thompson said. "We are trying to put together a question that American Indians and Alaska Natives can look at, understand and respond accurately."