2020 Census Community Enrollment Events Being Held at Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation's 2020 Census Office, in partnership with the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Nation Gaming) are co-hosting several Community Enrollment Events at Navajo Gaming casino locations in order to boost participation in the 2020 Census. The census is tied to billions of dollars in federal funding as well as representation in Congress.
*At stake in the Census are billions in federal funding and representation in Congress. In 2016, Arizona got more than $20.5 billion in federal funding based on numbers from the 2010 Census - roughly $3,000 per Arizonan, according to a study last month by University of Arizona Associate Professor Jason Jurjevich last month.
But Jurjevich said Native Americans are historically undercounted, with an estimated 30,000 American Indian and Alaska Natives excluded in the 2010 count.
"Native Americans, as of 2010, those living on reservations have the highest undercount percentage," Jurjevich said.
Navajo Gaming will be hosting the following events at properties in New Mexico and Arizona. All events provide the option to either drive through and or sit with a representative to complete the census questionnaire. Event attendees may also enjoy a free lunch while they respond to the census questionnaires and are reminded to wear a mask.
September 12: Fire Rock Navajo Casino parking lot
249 U.S. Rte. 66, Church Rock, N.M. 87311
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT
September 19: Flowing Water Navajo Casino parking lot
2710 U.S.-64, Shiprock, N.M. 87420
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT
September 26: Horsemen Lodge
8500 US-89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST
Navajo Nation Gaming will be adhering to Navajo Nation Health guideline and also using all CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at each event.
Attendees should bring the packet which was either mailed to them and/or left at their home during the month of June. This packet contains a Household Census Number, please DO NOT confuse this with a Tribal Census number. For additional information on the 2020 Census please visit: https://2020census.gov/ and or call 844-330-2020.
"Navajo Nation Gaming was one of the first partners to step up early in 2020, their support with the 2020 Census has and will make an impact driving our response rate up. Thank you, Navajo Nation Gaming," stated Arbin Mitchell, Tribal Partnership Specialist, Navajo Area, U.S. Census.
Navajo Gaming is one of many Navajo Nation-owned and operated enterprises that is charged with the mission of creating jobs, increasing revenues and stimulating incremental economic development. To learn more visit www.NavajoGaming.com<http://www.NavajoGaming.com>
*April 2, 2020 Cronkite News, Down for the count: Tribes' Census response lag far behind state, U.S. https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2020/04/02/down-for-the-count-tribes-census-response-lags-far-behind-state-u-s/
Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected!
Please be polite by wearing your coolest mask.
Ahéhee' (Thank You)
MICHELE J. CRANK
Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations
Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise