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2020 Census Tribal Consultations with the Navajo Nation: Final Report

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Executive Summary

In recognition of the importance of engaging with individual tribal nations to achieve an accurate count of tribal citizens in the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau held a one-on-one tribal consultation with the Navajo Nation. The objectives of the tribal consultation meeting included:

  • encouraging open communication between the Census Bureau and the Navajo Nation,
  • collecting input on how to effectively implement programmatic and operational activities,
  • recording and addressing outcomes and recommendations, and
  • clarifying Census Bureau programs and activities related to the 2020 Census.

The meeting agenda was developed in coordination with the Navajo Nation to address tribal concerns, comments, and questions. Agenda topics included:

  • geography,
  • enumeration,
  • the 2020 American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Partnership Program, and
  • residence criteria.

This report summarizes the input received from Navajo Nation leadership by topic. Next, the report explores several overarching themes covered during the consultation that transcend the agenda topics, including the importance of gathering accurate data for the Navajo Nation and the need for the Navajo government to inform its citizens about how to respond to the census question on race. The report concludes by outlining next steps based on follow-up items identified during the tribal consultation.

Comments from the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and a resolution from the Navajo Nation Council regarding tabulation of data for the Eastern Navajo Agency are attached in Appendices A and B, respectively. For further reference, notes from the tribal consultation are included in Appendix C.

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