Census takers went door to door in 2020, as in past years, seeking to make the count as accurate as possible.
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When the Census Bureau’s count of the population is inaccurate, it affects representation and government spending. Correcting errors isn’t always allowed.
Differences in the social conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work can lead to health disparities.
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Addressing racial and ethnic health gaps is becoming even more important as the US population continues its shift toward a minority-majority nation.
Many Americans need election materials provided in languages other than English.
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Access to voting materials in a citizen’s native language helps boost involvement and voter turnout.
Community members from Utqiagvik, Alaska, look to open water from the edge of shorefast sea ice.
Sea ice is thinning at an alarming rate. Snow is shifting to rain. And humans worldwide are increasingly feeling the impact of what happens in the seemingly distant Arctic.
The Denali Highway as it crosses the Susitna River.
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Alaska is warming faster than any other U.S. state, and that’s causing problems, a team of bridge engineers and social scientists explains. The infrastructure bill in Congress would offer some help.
A portion of a map that erases the borders Colonial powers drew, and shows instead the Indigenous territories, treaties and languages of North America.
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Land acknowledgments state that activities are taking place on land previously owned by Indigenous peoples. They’re popular – but they may harm more than they heal, say three anthropologists.
Community groups, like this one in Phoenix, have been working to get people of color to contribute their information to the census.
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The census will likely count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than there actually are.
Johnnie Henry, president of the Navajo Nation’s Church Rock chapter house community center, hauls drinking water to neighbors in Gallup, N.M., May 7, 2020.
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Many Native American tribes are reporting high COVID-19 infection rates. State and federal agencies are impeding tribes’ efforts to handle the pandemic themselves.
Leaders of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska voted to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly because of the pandemic.
Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
American Indians and Alaska Natives are the most impoverished and marginalized group in the US. Tribes are working to protect their people from the coronavirus, but they have few resources to do so.
Alaska Native girls prepare to dance in honor of the beginning of the 2020 Census in rural Alaska. The Census count begins in this state out of necessity and tradition.
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Native Americans who live in villages and on traditional lands have been undercounted by the U.S. Census for decades.
2016’s warm winter meant not enough snow for the start of the Iditarod sled dog race in Anchorage, so it was brought by train from 360 miles north.
For everyone from traditional hunters to the military, the National Park Service to the oil industry, climate change is the new reality in Alaska. Government, residents and businesses are all trying to adapt.
Dance is a unique way of passing on cultural stories to a younger generation.
Many Native languages are dying, and their loss has deep and profound implications for our world.
Tribally led wellness encampment in Wyoming.
Compared to the average US citizen, American Indians and Alaskan Natives live shorter lives and are at greater risk for a number of health problems.
Denali is the highest peak in North America, and the tussle over its name symbolizes the U.S. relationship with Alaska’s Natives.
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The tale of how and why Russia ceded its control over Alaska to the U.S. 150 years ago is actually two tales and two intertwining histories.