Census in rural, Native American communities delayed until June
April 23, 2020
Native Americans living on some reservations and other remote areas must wait until June to participate in the U.S. Census due to COVID-19 restrictions. It’s a delay that some fear could lead to a drastic undercount.
Those living on reservations or hard-to-count areas, many of whom don’t have traditional addresses or internet and are dependent on post office boxes, must wait for census workers to hand-deliver their materials to their door. Those areas, which the census categorizes as “update leave” responses, include the Spokane Indian Reservation and significant swaths of sparsely populated north-central Washington.