American Community Survey (ACS) data are used in federal, state, and local programs to assist tribal governments. All communities, including those with American Indian and Alaska Native residents, will benefit from the ACS. Participating in the ACS is important.
Data from the American Community Survey helps your community. The information that the Census Bureau collects helps to determine how more that $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services.
Participating in the American Community Survey is safe. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. Violating the oath is a serious crime. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.
Tribal government officials: We need your help! Encourage people to respond to the American Community Survey. The ACS is sent to a small number of addresses and the responses represent the entire community. Participating in the ACS is very important and every response improves the quality of our data. Learn more by downloading our American Indian and Alaska Native Factsheet [PDF 800KB] or visit How to respond.
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