Last night, NPR broke a story that the U.S. Census Bureau would be moving up the Census enumeration deadline to September 30, 2020, one month earlier than the COVID-19 adjusted timeline of October 31, 2020. Shortly after the story broke, the Census Bureau put out a statement with the new directive from Director Dillingham confirming the new deadline for enumeration by September 30, 2020 with the goal to have a completed Census enumeration report to the President by December 31, 2020.
Congress is actively engaged to change the dates back to the original post-COVID-19 schedule established in April of 2020. As of this morning Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced updated legislation in the House of Representatives with language that states: “Sec. 6, NRFU OPERATION. For the 2020 decennial census of population, the Bureau of the Census shall conclude Non-response Followup operation and the self-response operation no earlier than October 31, 2020.”
This morning, the National Congress of American Indians, in partnership with the Native American Rights Fund, are asking for tribal organizations to sign on to a joint letter by no later than 2:00pm PDT today, August 4, 2020. The drafted letter is available to review here. If you are interested in signing onto the letter please respond to Ricki McCarroll ( with your organization’s logo and authorizing leadership name, title, and signature to be included.
What else can you do?
 Send a letter to Congress on behalf of your tribal government. Sample letter available here.  We need a Native Complete Count this 2020 Census! Let’s make every moment count.
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