Did you know that the Navajo Nation has a blossom of elementary school-aged youngsters with 23,946 first- through eighth-graders making up almost half of the 51,007 children older than 3 enrolled in school on Diné lands? If you didn’t, you could learn all that from The U.S. Census Bureau’s new My Tribal Area.
Or did you know that the median income for households within the Bois Forte Ojibwe lands is $34,000?
How about that within the Cherokee OTSA (the Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Area encircling a former reservation) 77,977 of the total 511,793 population identifies as American Indian or Alaska Native?
Statistics like those can be vital tools in making policy and plans for tribal governments or big businesses and local entrepreneurs.
A new online tool, My Tribal Area, launched the first week of May by the U.S. Census Bureau, intends to offer easy access to statistics about population, jobs, housing, economy, and education within reservation and trust-held lands for 618 federally or state-recognized tribes. The one-stop statistical shop includes a small map showing each area covered and a glossary explaining the different statistical designated areas.
“We’ve discussed topics like geography, data collection and promotion to prepare for the 2020 Census. We also heard many requests for easier access to statistics about tribal areas and reservations.”
The consultations are part of the Census Bureau’s efforts to boost participation in the 2020 Census.
Unlike some of its specific reports, such as the 2013 Indian Country Labor Force Report, the bureau’s My Tribal Area app does not provide analysis, but, according to the bureau, the app is a first step in providing geography-concentrated information that people might use for everything from tribal policy making to decisions on where to move. As a geography-based function, it also does not include the data about the Native population within urban areas.
Tribal governments can choose to use Census Application Programing Interface key that will offer updated statistics about their specific tribal areas directly on their websites.