Above: Census workers traveling by snowmobile. Credit: Joshua Corbett for The New York Times
New York Times article lays out the challenges of counting Indigenous communities and other historically undercounted populations.
This year, there are renewed calls for special attention to minority neighborhoods and Indigenous communities like Toksook Bay.
In many such places, traditional methods have historically failed to count some people who may be invisible as a result of the federal government’s inability to overcome geography, language barriers or the reluctance of some residents to interact with government representatives.
It’s the same here in North Dakota.
Read more about counting hard-to-count populations here.
Are you ready for #2020? 2020 will be the first high-tech digital count Census. Followed by the 2020 Presidential Election! This is going to be a big year for Indian Country! Let’s rock the count and then rock the vote!
Here’s a look back at some of our highlights from the 2018 midterm election. 🤩🤩🤩
North Dakota Compass released updated demographic and socio-economic profiles for the 2013-2022 North Dakota State Legislative Districts. The profiles highlight 16 indicators focused on population, household, social, and economic characteristics for each of the 47 districts in North Dakota.
After the #2020Census North Dakota’s Republican-controlled legislature will reapportion legislative districts based on population. A process that gives them the opportunity to continue to protect their incumbency. It is important that we ensure a full count for fair representation of our tribal communities.
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To apply send an updated resume, three references, and a writing sample to Executive Director, Nicole Donaghy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2020.
Salary is negotiable and based on experience. Click HERE to download the complete job description.
NPR reports that North Dakota’s Native IDs won’t be accepted at polling places.
Less than a month before the 2018 general election, the US Supreme Court upheld North Dakota’s restrictive voter ID law invalidating most Tribal IDs from being used at polling places.
Many Native American reservations, however, do not use physical street addresses. Native Americans are also overrepresented in the homeless population, according to the Urban Institute. As a result, Native residents often use P.O. boxes for their mailing addresses and may rely on tribal identification that doesn’t list an address.
Read more about how the Supreme Court is enabling voter suppression of Indigenous communities here.
Be sure to request paper confirmation, in letter form, and have it mailed to your mailing address. This letter will serve as street address confirmation for voting purposes. You can use the same letter to also get an updated ID that includes street address.