Native Village Youth and Education News

May 1, 2009 Issue 198
Volume 3

Census 2010 
WHY THE 2010 CENSUS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL AMERICAN INDIANS

Condensed by Native Village

The census is the most important factor used to make Federal “Formula”and “Need-Based” funding decisions for the next 10-year period. In the 2010 Census, it's critical that “non-enrolled” Native Americans and those of lineal descent identify themselves as “Native American in Combination with One or More Races.”  Organizations use these figures to apply for services and grant programs that serve non-enrolled and mixed-blood Indians.

Most federal dollars go to only federally recognized tribes. However, millions of dollars are also set-aside for organizations that serve American Indians living outside the reservation.  These monies can help non-enrolled and mixed bloods with:

Housing, housing assistance, and homeless programs.
Education and education assistance projects.
Economic assistance and employment assistance programs.
Scholarly cultural and heritage research about the Metis Nation.
Health and wellness, substance abuse, and social justice funding.
Financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and business financing loans.

Results of the 2000 Census
4,119,300: “Native Americans in Combination with One or More Races
2,475,956: Native Alone ( enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe.)
1,643,345 is the difference between the above two numbers. It represents those who identify themselves as  “mixed-blood”

The 2000 Census was “flawed.” It did not count how many of the 1,643,345 "mixed-bloods" were non-enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe. Most believe more than 90% meet that criteria.

Some may be direct descendents of an “enrolled” member, yet do not qualify under a tribe's  “Content of Degree of Indian Blood” (CDIB) to be a tribal member.

The 2010 Census will correct this flaw to obtain accurate measures.

 

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