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|04-20-2010, 10:41 AM||#1|
2010 Census - StandUp and Be Counted
By Robyn Rofkar
Stand up and be counted!! Itís that time again Ė every 10 years the US Constitution requires a count of every person residing in America. Why you might ask? Well first of all itís the LAW, and the US Congress is interested so they can determine the makeup of the House of Representatives. But did you know that the govít gives out $400 billion based on Census data to fund the following?
Education Ė Schools, Afterschool Programs, Education Assistance Programs
Employment - Job Training Centers, Job Service, Entrepreneurship and Business Loan Financing
Health Care Ė Hospitals, Senior Citizen centers, Emergency Services,
Substance Abuse Programs
Infrastructure Ė Roads, Bridges, Tunnels, Waste water treatment plants
Community block grants , Commodity Food Distribution, TANF, Housing
Your Census questionnaire should already be in your mailbox, but some reservation areas are doing total manual counting to ensure an accurate representation. Fill out the survey for your household makeup as of April 1st. While some households will get a 2nd mailing of the questionnaire, local Census workers will visit households that have not mailed back their data.
There are only 10 basic questions Ė this will be the shortest Census survey EVER- and will probably take less than 10 minutes to fill out! And as always, itís completely confidential. The Census Bureau is prohibited to share any info, even with other Federal agencies. In fact, the Census employees are sworn FOR LIFE to protect your data.
A few lucky people will get a follow-up application with many more questions to determine a better snapshot of their community.
To be counted as Native American, you must only check ONE box on question 9 Ė American Indian or Alaskan Native! If you check more than one box, for example White and American Indian Ė you will NOT be counted as Native American in this census. This will be the 2nd census that will allow Natives to list their tribal affiliation. The line is short, but itís necessary to include the official name of the tribe Ė so keep writing off the line to get your tribes WHOLE name in. State recognized tribes can be included as well as designated Indian Communities. Itís been said that you can include other tribes you may have blood for, but there isnít a designated section for that.
Native leaders are very concerned that correct numbers are reported, so tribes wonít miss out on their fair share of the govít pie. Urban Indians will benefit as well, to determine the need for Indian Centers and urban Indian health services. Local Complete Count Committees are being formed and local workers are being hired to visit the homes of those who havenít mailed their census papers back in. Remote villages in Alaska were the first to be counted, due to the fact that by April 1st many people go out to hunting and fishing camps. In fact, the first town counted in the census, Noovik AK, voted to allow Native Dancing at the census festivities which has always been banned due to missionaries back when the town was populated in the early 1900ís, so the census is already providing positive outcomes.
So please wipe the coffee stains off your census questionnaire, take a minute per person and get your household counted. And if your area is doing manual counting, watch for a visit soon and maybe a contact card if you werenít home when they came calling. You can contact your local census office if you havenít had a home visit yet.
Letís start a powwows.com census right here! Iíll begin Ė 2 household residents Ė Eastern Shoshone and San Carlos Apache.
|04-20-2010, 10:56 AM||#2|
Y U No HaHaHa?
two household residents here.
one- african american
|04-20-2010, 11:36 AM||#3|
My daughter is in the 3rd grade here and she said they have been discussing the census and what it's for and how important it is once a week for the past month. They are telling the kids to get involved and check the mail, remind Mom and Dad to fill it out and then help by putting it back in the mail. Its like using our kids as walking, talking, little reminders and it worked. She found ours in the mail and bugged me until I sat down and filled it out. But she still thinks everyone that knocks on the door could be the census worker.
I wish a person could be exempt from the barage once they mail their envelope back in. lol
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible." ~St. Augustine
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