ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal officials are considering changes to the 2020 census that would result in Alaska Natives being asked about their tribal affiliation and shareholder status with regional and village corporations.
KTUU-TV reports that the proposal was met with concern by many Alaska Native representatives at a Tuesday meeting with officials from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The bureau's chief operating officer, Nancy Potok, says the bureau is hoping to gather more information from Alaska Native respondents in order to have better data for things such as accessing and allocating funds.
Some people voiced concern at the meeting that Alaska Natives would avoid the additional questions and that the tribe populations would be undercounted, which could affect government funding.
Potok says plans for the 2020 census are still in the works.