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Posted: February 13, 2020

New Mexico Native Census: Why Get Counted

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a count of every citizen in the United States as required by the U.S. Constitution. The data collected is used to allocate resources to all Americans and is a vital part of our democracy.

NM Native Census Coalition

NM Native Census Coalition

 

Why Get Counted?

 

The Census is used to allocate seats and draw district lines for the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislatures, and local boards to target more than $800 billion annually in federal assistance to states, tribes and families.  Each decade the count also guides community decision-making affecting schools, housing, health care services and business investment. These functions depend on a fair and accurate Census count.

Native Americans in New Mexico could lose political representation if we are undercounted. We currently have six Native American state House districts and three state Senate where the Native American population is over 50%.  If Native Americans are undercounted, we could lose these districts at the state and local levels.  To read more visit https://nmnativecensus.org/why-get-counted/