Volume 1 | April 8, 2020
NM Native Census Coalition l Bulletin No. 4
U.S. Census Bureau extends field operations suspension;
Tribal residents asked to wait for questionnaire with Census ID before responding
Beginning in March throughout the U.S., the Census Bureau adjusted field operations and paused activities that were to take place by person-to-person visits and large gatherings – including those scheduled in tribal nations - to protect the health and safety of their employees and the public after the outbreak of COVID-19.

At the April 3 meeting of the NMNCC, the members of the Coalition agreed to continue following the decision made by Tribal Leaders through the government-to-government consultation process with the U.S. Census Bureau to have the Census Questionnaires delivered to each household in their community.  Tribal residents are encouraged to wait for the delivery of their Census questionnaire with the 12-digit Census ID code to ensure each household is counted.

However, if people choose to respond online or by phone before they receive their questionnaire, we recommend that respondents provide a phone number to be contacted if needed. To respond without an ID at my2020census.gov, respondents should select the link under the login button that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” Respondents should check the box that says, “I do not have a street address” and then enter a rural route address or physical description. 

Read more about how COVID-19 has affected Census update leave operations in New Mexico.
Indigenous Town Hall on the Census streamed live on Facebook
In an effort to continue to bolster the count of Native Americans in New Mexico and help answer questions about the U.S. Census, the NMNCC will host an online Town Hall at 11 am on Thursday, April 9.

Kewa Pueblo cartoonist and comedian Ricardo Cate will host the live event, which will include Pueblo of Acoma Governor Brian Vallo and Charlotte Little, Native Census Pueblo Coordinator. Guests also include members of the Albuquerque Urban Native Complete Count Committee , which is made up of Albuquerque Native nonprofits, city representatives and agencies serving Native Americans. Albuquerque is listed sixth among the cities in the nation with a high Urban Indian population. It is estimated that more than 400 tribes are represented here.

Information about how to correctly note your tribal affiliation and the importance of the Census will be discussed.

The Census Coalition will stream the Town Hall live on our Facebook page where viewers can submit questions to the presenters.

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Enter the #NMNativeCensusChallenge & win a gift card
There is still time to enter the #NMNativeCensusChallenge and win an e-gift card! Use the hashtag #NMNativeCensusChallenge and post the video or selfie to social media. Click here for an example.

We are especially looking for videos and selfies from children and families.

The videos and selifies will be compiled together and played during our Town Hall.

Click here for the guidelines for the contest.
The NM Native Census Coalition is a product of the NAVA Education Project.