"Indian Country Counts" is a special focus of the US Census Bureau regional road tours kicking off this week. Native American response has been typically low, at under 50%.
The road tours assure people that the information they share is confidential and that filling out the forms is quick and easy. Lee Gash-Maxey is a tour producer who says the goal is to explain the reasons behind each of the ten questions on the census form.
The census results are used to distribute more than 400 billion dollars in public funds for schools, transportation and health care. N1N1 vaccines were distributed based on the last census count. Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council Chairman, James Steele, Jr, says everyone needs to be counted for a fair share of federal money.
The "2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour" will travel with exhibits and will be stopping at more than 800 events nationwide to encourage America's residents to fill out the census forms due to arrive in mailboxes in March.