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Natives Count

A complete count of our communities helps ensure equal representation and equal access to important governmental and private sector resources. About 1 billion dollars of annual federal funds are allocated to Indian Country. That said, Native Americans are the most under-counted in the Nation. Make sure you get counted. Here's how:

  • Check the box to indicate that you are American Indian/Alaska Native and write in your tribe. You do not need to be an enrolled member and no proof is required.

  • Whether a household is counted as an American Indian or Alaska Native household depends entirely on the race of person #1-the first person listed on the Census form.

  • So be sure person #1 identifies as Native American/Alaska Native.

Being counted as Native will directly benefit you, your family and your tribal community!

 

Whether a household is counted as an American Indian or Alaska Native household depends entirely on the race of person #1 on the Census form.

Urban Tribal Census Complete Count Committee

Further Explanation

In mixed race households, it's important to have the Native person be listed as "Person 1" so the whole household will be counted as a Native Household. Household data is pulled separately than individual race and ethnicity data which is asked later in the Census form. You will still be able to list each person's individual race later and each individual will be counted towards that demographic's population count - even if listed in a "Native household". If for example the mixed race household was a white and a Native couple, and the white person filled out the census as "Person 1" the entire household would be counted as a "white household" even with Native people listed as living there. When Native people are able to be counted as "Person 1" the count of Native households in the U.S. is more accurate.

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Spokane County Complete Count website was inspired by the Washington Nonprofits 2020 Census Action Kit. View toolkit.