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The 2020 Census starts tomorrow. Will Native Americans be undercounted?


January 17, 2020

As the sun comes up at around 10 a.m. on Jan. 17, census workers will begin trekking through some of the most remote parts of the country to carry out a constitutional duty — a count of all people, citizens and noncitizens, living in the U.S.

The 2020 census will begin early in Alaska, one of the few places where the count is still taken in person, in order to reach an indigenous community that has historically been undercounted. Alaska and New Mexico were the most undercounted states in the last census, and their Native American populations account for a significant portion of those uncounted people. And since census counts are used to determine both federal funding and the number of legislative representatives for states, this will limit the resources available to these communities.


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