Volume 1 | March 6, 2020
NM Native Census Coalition l Bulletin No. 2
The Census online response goes live March 12
U.S. Census questionnaires will start arriving at homes on March 12 and the online portal will also go live! Residents using their unique code or number tied to the questionnaire will have an opportunity to respond via paper, online or by phone.

Tribal CCCs should make their contact information available for tribal members who have questions about how to fill out the questionnaire.

To ensure an accurate count of all the tribes in New Mexico, we recommend that Tribal and Urban CCCs communicate to tribal members to list a person's tribe as it is listed in the BIA's Federal Register. Find the "official" name of your tribe here: https://bit.ly/2TBTxxd .

The Census has also released a self-response rate map, which has shows the response rate in all cities, counties and tribal areas. The map currently shows 2010 results but will be activated for 2020 starting next week. To see your community, go to https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html .
Additional 2020 Census funding available for tribes
At the February 20 All Pueblo Council of Governors meeting, Lynn Trujillo, Indian Affairs Department Secretary, announced that Senate Bill 4 had been signed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham. This bill appropriates $8 million for 2020 Census Complete Count efforts. Tribal nations are expected to receive additional funding.

Tribal CCCs will be required to update their work plans or mobilization plans. Suggested uses of the additional funding include hiring people for canvassing door-to-door. A list of skills and job duties for the Canvass Lead and Canvassers can be downloaded here . The NMNCC will work with the Center for Civic Policy to provide training for canvassers in Native communities. More information will soon be available.
Funding opportunities
  • The National Congress of American Indians has grants of up to $2,500 for tribes or Native nonprofits for 2020 Census outreach. Click here for the short application form. Applications will be accepted until 5 pm MST today and awards will be made until funds are exhausted.

  • The National League of Cities has urgent financial resources for tribes, cities, towns and nonprofits to improve or increase Get Out The Count (GOTC) activities in order to reach historically undercounted and hard-to-count (HTC) communities. Grant amounts run from $2,500 to $40,000. Click here for more information.
Get Out the Count training
The New Mexico Civic Engagement Table (NMCET) and the Center for Civic Policy (CCP) will host a Get out the Count or GOTC training next week. The purpose is to provide train-the-trainer canvassing and capacity-building to optimize the activation phase of GOTC for Census field operations.

The meeting will be held from 4 to 8 pm Wednesday, March 11 at the NM Department of Transportation, 1117 Stanford NE in Albuquerque.

The session will include:

  • Gaining a clear understanding of the individual and collective responsibility as GOTC canvasser to report from March 12 to May 12 as part of outreach, conversations at the doors, and completed Census forms per day and week.
  • Crafting and practicing the GOTC script at the doors that includes the Census Online Self-Response Form assistance.
  • Practicing door knocking techniques and best tips as canvassers to engage residents, ensuring the importance to collect the right data in every attempt that we have using the VAN system.
  • Sharing best practices from GOTV (Get Out the Vote) experiences and ensuring the creation of an GOTC momentum and emotion with benchmark goals as part of the field operation canvassing sprint from March 12 - May 12.


For more information, contact Eli Cuna or Janeth Antillon .
NMNCC Resources
Please check our Resource page for materials that can help you with our outreach. We have for download as a PDF or in other formats:


  • A basketball pledge card centered around March Madness to help Tribal Complete Count Committees (CCCs) with tracking.


We also have videos that will be shared on our Facebook page and other social media channels, which can be also be shared on your websites and social pages.

Please send us your ideas or requests.

Also, be sure to look at our Calendar to find out about events, including a training on Monday with the Census Bureau along with the City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion, the NM Coalition to End Homelessness and other community partners to ensure a complete 2020 Census count for our unsheltered community members.
The NM Native Census Coalition is a product of the NAVA Education Project.