Turtle Mountain chairman reaffirms effort to get entire tribe counted in 2020 census


BISMARCK — Ensuring every citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is counted in the 2020 census is essential because it will affect future generations to come, the nation's chairman said in a conference call on Tuesday, July 21.

Jamie Azure took part in a remote media briefing held by the U.S. Census Bureau in which it provided updates about outreach efforts in Native American communities across the country. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa chairman said the tribal nation was undercounted in 2010, and it is taking its own action to incite citizens to take the census this year and make sure the tribe has updated, accurate population numbers.

"This is the new age for sovereign nations and this is how we move forward," Azure said Tuesday. "This is how we move forward through economic development all the way through social service programs, and the numbers are just so important."



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