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Susan Lobo


This is the final report of ethnographic research begun in 1989 focused on the dynamics of the 1990 census process as it unfolded in the American Indian community in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.' The first section describes the research methodology. The second section presents a chronology of the 1990 census process as it affected Indians in the Bay area and covers information on the Tribal Liaison Program, the Complete Count Committee and the work of the Census Community Awareness Specialist. Key issues are then discussed: communication channels into and within the Indian community, the undercount, confidentiality and trust, enumerators and other. Census Bureau employees and problems of interpreting forms. The report closes with recommendations for the Year 2000 census and Indians' conclusions about the 1990 census. Throughout the report, the remarks of various American Indian individuals are quoted and selected primary documents from the 1990 census process are attached to the report.

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