Sen. Smith Advocates for Census Focus in Rural Minnesota and Tribal Communities

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on February 14 to address preparations for the 2020 Census. U.S. Senator Tina Smith serves on the committee and asked a series of questions all related to lagging federal appropriations for the 2020 Census. Sen. Smith asked about the impact of cancelled testing of 2020 procedures in tribal nations and Native American communities, placement of 2020 Census area offices only in the eastern part of Minnesota, and preparations for targeted communication and outreach in communities at risk for low census responses.  (Sen. Smith referenced the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership’s efforts to develop a Minnesota-specific communication and mobilization plan. MCF is raising $400,000 from its members to help develop the plan. Blandin Foundation president Kathy Annette is leading this effort. Contact Bob Tracy at MCF for more information.

Here’s the link to the audio of the hearing.  The hearing starts at 43 minutes into the recording.  Sen. Smith’s questions are presented at 1:35.  When you go to the web site, in addition to the audio of the hearing you will see a list of the individuals presenting testimony and a link to their written testimony.  If you have an hour – this audio is a perfect overview of the census, in general, and issues related to rural, tribal and Native American communities.

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