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Executive Summary

In recognition of the importance of engaging with all Indigenous groups to promote an accurate count in the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau held a tribal consultation specifically designed for state-recognized tribes. The objectives of the tribal consultation meeting included:

  • encouraging open communication between the Census Bureau and tribes,
  • gathering tribal input on how to effectively implement programmatic and operational activities,
  • recording and addressing outcomes and recommendations, and
  • providing information on and answering questions about Census Bureau programs and the 2020 Census.

The meeting agenda was structured according to the six main topics covered in the 2020 Census Tribal Consultation Handbook, which include:

  • population statistics,
  • geography,
  • enumeration,
  • the 2020 Communications Campaign,
  • the AIAN Partnership Program, and
  • recruiting for Census jobs.

Through dialogue about these topics, several overarching themes organically emerged. These high-level topics include:

  • unique challenges faced by state-recognized tribes,
  • the implications of census data on tribal programs and planning, and
  • a need to actively involve younger generations in promoting and conducting the census in their tribal communities.

This report summarizes the responses by topic from state-recognized tribal leadership. Next, the report explores several overarching themes covered during the consultation that transcend the agenda topics. The report concludes by outlining next steps based on followup items identified during the tribal consultation. For reference, the notes from the tribal consultation are included as an appendix.

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