Census Bureau to conduct test counts on two reservations in 2017
The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct test counts on two reservations next year.
The counts will reach about 3,500 housing units on the Colville Reservation in Washington, according to the agency. Another 2,900 units on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota will be included.
"The 2017 Census Test will allow the Census Bureau to test the feasibility of collecting tribal enrollment information. It will also refine our methods for enumerating areas with unique location characteristics, where we cannot mail to a street address," the agency said in a press release. "In addition to tribal areas, the test will oversample areas with relatively high populations of American Indians and Alaska Natives as a mechanism for testing potential tribal enrollment questions nationwide."