Census winners, losers

‘Our tribes did everything that they could … to get counted’


April 27, 2021

The results of the 2020 U.S. Census have been released and there are some losers, winners and a few near misses.

The count is used to determine each state’s representation in the U.S. House and the Electoral College. In two instances, the Native vote is credited with helping a state either gain or keep a Congressional seat in close calls.

Counting U.S. residents in 2020 was challenging for the U.S. Census Bureau. The pandemic, and record-setting wildfire and hurricane seasons disrupted the count. A last-minute attempt by the former president to add a citizenship question to the census form confused people. That idea was shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional.



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