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2020 Census Info

It’s official: The 2020 decennial census is underway, with the March 12 release of the online self-response form at The invitations to take part going out between now and March 20.

The 2020 Census marks the first time you will be invited to respond online — even on your mobile device. That’s not to say that you must take the survey online. You can also respond by phone or mail. Just take part, please.

ANA is a partner with the U.S. Census to get the word out to all of our relatives about the importance of a complete count for Native Americans.

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other Native American Populations have been undercounted for various reasons and this undercount can end up costing these communities valuable Federal resources.

Changes to the Census for race include up to 200 characters, so hopefully Tribes with long names can be included! You can also list more than one tribal affiliation.

Your response matters.

The results of the census will touch the lives of every community. It will shape how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed annually to local communities – providing support for schools, fire and emergency services, and healthcare services. Census results also determine how many seats each state gets in Congress.

The census is safe, secure and confidential.

The Census Bureau has a legal duty to protect your information. Every employee is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential. This means that your private data is protected and cannot be shared with law enforcement or other government agencies. And the bureau has strong security measures in place to safeguard against cyber threats.

FACT SHEET about the Race Question

FACT Sheet for American Indians and Alaska Natives

FACT SHEET for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders