NCAI’s Indian Country Counts Announces 2020 Census Week of Action

Indian Country: It’s finally here – today is officially Census Day 2020! The 2020 Census is our chance to be visible, to be heard, and for our tribal nations to be recognized! NCAI’s Indian Country Counts campaign is kicking off a week-long (and beyond) effort to share all the resources you need to be counted!


April 1, 2020 – Phone Banking

Beginning April 1, NCAI’s Civic Engagement and External Affairs teams will be calling tribal community members to support Census outreach efforts.

April 2, 2020 – Indian Country Counts Roadshow Webinar

Latest updates on 2020 Census operations and how to adjust Census outreach efforts given COVID-19, featuring regional highlights from Oklahoma. Click here to register.

April 17, 2020 – “I Count” Youth Challenge Deadline Extended

Help make Indian Country Count and be visible in the 2020 Census! Native youth can enter to win great prizes by posting a TikTok or Instagram video telling us why they count!

Throughout April 2020 – NEW Tribal Census Resources

NCAI will be providing the latest news for Census 2020, partner updates, and sharing the latest Census resources and content from around Indian Country on www.IndianCountryCounts.org.

This is our opportunity to make a difference – the time is now. Our people, our nations, and our future depend on each one of us to complete the census form. Let us join together and make 2020 the year that Indian Country Counts by filling out your Census form today!

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Why Is the Census Important To Tribes?

Full participation in American democratic process.


Critical to forward thinking policy development.


Data used for planning infrastructure, health care, and economic development.


Honorable fulfillment of Indian treaties and federal obligations.

Let’s Make Sure Indian Country Counts!

NCAI sees participation as one of many components on the civic engagement continuum. The Census is just one way of making sure Natives are full participants in the American political process and democracy. Being included in the 2020 Census is just as important as registering our people to vote and getting them to the polls on Election Day. Census data are used for apportionment and redistricting efforts.

With large gaps in data on our population, it’s difficult to make progress when we can’t describe needs for improving infrastructure like roads, housing, schools, police, and hospitals.

We know that accurate data is necessary for forward thinking policy development. It is critical that the 2020 Census captures an accurate picture of Indian Country, as it lays the groundwork for a decade of policymaking, from 2020 to 2030. It will also be a part of the debate as we turn from census data to redistricting and then continuing to work toward measuring economic development.

The support of tribal leaders, activists, volunteers, community leaders, Native organizations, and intertribal groups is of the utmost importance to ensuring that none of our Native people are missed. Although challenges exist, such as unmarked homes in rural communities, language barriers, unemployment, overcrowding, high rates of home foreclosures, and increased migration of American Indians and Alaska Natives, the Census is too important to ignore.

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News and Information

Census Bureau Statement on 2020 Operations on Tribal Lands and Reservations

The U.S Census Bureau is committed to a complete and accurate count of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) population, wherever they live. Learn more here.


The Indian Country Counts campaign is an initiative launched by the National Congress of American Indians to ensure all American Indians and Alaska Natives are accurately counted in the 2020 Census. Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the largest and oldest advocacy organization for American Indians. NCAI was created in response to termination and assimilation policies the U.S. government forced upon the tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and sovereign status. NCAI promoted unity and cooperation among tribes for the protection of treaty and sovereign rights. NCAI serves as a forum for consensus-based policy development among its membership of tribal governments from every region of the country. NCAI’s mission is to inform the public and the federal government on tribal self-government, treaty rights, and a broad range of federal policy issues affecting tribal governments