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The Census Bureau strives to build partnerships with tribal nations and engage with tribes individually to ensure accurate counts of tribal citizens. In October 2019, the Census Bureau conducted tribal consultations with member tribes of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in conjunction with each organization’s annual conference. The Census Bureau held these consultations to provide updates on the race question and inform tribes about its new data disclosure avoidance methodology. This report summarizes, by topic, the input tribal leaders provided on these topics, as well as other topics that emerged during the dialogue. Major discussion points

  • Capturing accurate, detailed race data for tribal citizens, especially for large, multifamily households;
  • Tribal and federal uses of census data about AIAN people, including specific data
    product requests from some tribes; and
  • Enumeration approaches for tribal communities.

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