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Native Americans fill out census forms

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) November 2010

Officials with the U.S. Census Bureau and South Dakota tribes say new tactics to encourage American Indians to fill out the 2010 Census forms appear to be paying off.

Data recently released show the Yankton Sioux reservation had 55 percent of households mail back their forms, and the Flandreau Santee Sioux reservation had 53 percent. That’s lower than the overall state participation rate of 76 percent but officials tell The Argus Leader they’re still pleased.

Census officials in the past have experienced rural mail delivery problems and tribal distrust of the federal government.

This year, tribal presidents did radio ads encouraging members to fill out their census forms, and many census workers were tribal members.






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