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Navajo casinos join effort to boost census participation

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 19:03:21-04

CHURCH ROCK, N.M. — Navajo Nation casinos are teaming up with regional census officials for a series of events they hope will boost participation.

Billions of dollars in federal funding are at stake along with congressional representation, and many Native American communities are historically undercounted.

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise will be hosting events in Arizona and New Mexico where people can either drive through or sit with a representative to complete the census questionnaire.

The Navajo Nation this week joined a coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups that are seeking a court order to keep the U.S. Census Bureau from winding down operations.