In 2016, there were approximately 5.6 million Native people in the United States; this represents 2% of the population. By 2060, it is projected there will be 10.2 million. Alaska is the state with the largest Native population. Yet, Natives have been undercounted in the 2020 Census. Why is this important? Imagine being able to have adequate resources to help keep Native people safe in a more equitable Alaska. This vision does not happen on its own. By participating in the 2020 Census, you are making sure Alaska Natives count.
The census is designed to count every person living in the United States every ten years. It is required in our Constitution and the figures gathered are used for many ways to help communities, individuals, and infrastructure. Hundreds of billions of dollars of federal money and billions more in state money are allocated to make improvements to infrastructure, health care, schools, stores, and more. Communities that are not fully included in the 2020 Census count will miss out for the next ten years in receiving valuable resources.
Every Alaskan, including our Alaska Natives, need to make sure they are counted. What happens if you and your family are not counted? Your community could be underrepresented in elections costing you valuable political influence. There will not be as many resources for a thriving community like health clinics and public transportation. Alaska Natives have historically been underrepresented after the census. This year, lift your voice to be counted. Take the 2020 Census. It will help you, your family, your community, and your state. Fill out the#2020 Census today. Go to http://2020Census.gov