Native American Participation in 2020 Census – H. Res. 872

Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK-05) introduced H.Res. 872, a resolution to recognize “the vital importance of Native American participation in the 2020 decennial census of population.”

The resolution recognizes that “2020 census data will be used to evaluate government programs and policies to ensure they fairly and equitably serve the needs of all groups of people and to monitor compliance with antidiscrimination laws, regulations, and policies” and “States will also use 2020 census data to meet legislative redistricting and apportionment requirements.” Tribal nations themselves will use 2020 Census data to make “governmental decisions on allocating resources, the needs of their communities, economic development opportunities, and areas of growth for future decision making.”

Horn was clearly motivated by the fact that “American Indians and Alaska Natives have historically been at a higher risk for undercounting in the census than other populations… the Census Bureau estimates that American Indians and Alaska Natives living on reservations or in Native villages were undercounted by approximately 4.9 percent” in the 2010 Census.

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