Ensuring Accurate "TRIBAL"
By Marilyn Blair-Catron
April 14, 2010
I think it funny how they are telling us to put in either KIC
or OVS in place of the names of our "Tribes." One
being, Ketchikan Indian Community and the other being the Organized
Village of Saxman. Do you see anything in those words helping
to "Ensure Accurate Tribal Counts?" I sure don't.
I spoke with one of the people going from household to household
doing the 2010 Census. She told me that they have been concerned
because so many people have been confused over this misinformation
being put out from the local IRA's.
Every person I have talked to who is involved with the Census
in some form or another (excuding my conversation with Winona
Wallace) have said the same thing, "you are suppose to put
the name of your TRIBE and not the name of a organization"
in the part of the census asking for your ethnicity/race.
I am becoming very concerned about leaders & organizations
pushing their ideas on the local native population. Especially
if someone does end up putting the name of a oganization in place
of the name of the tribe for a child that was been born after
the last census. Sure those parents will teach their children
where they come from and about their cultures, but as far as
the government will be concerned those children will have no
identity as being from any tribe.
All I can ask at this time is for our local natives to put the
name of your tribe when it comes to anwering the ethnicity/race
question of the census. Keep your identity as a Tlingit, Haida
or Tsimpsian alive. Your ethnicity is NOT called the Organized
Village of Saxman or Ketchikan Indian Community is it? I was
told by a census worker you can even put the name of your clan
with the name of your tribe to further identify yourself.
And please don't let them scare you by telling that is how the
goverment decides how much a community will receive in federal
funding. Sure the government uses the census for a head count
but they need to have an accurate account of just how many Tlingits
Haida's or Tsimpsians, etc. acctually live in the community applying
for some of those funds.
Thanks again for your time,
About: "I'm a Saxman Tlingit
Resident and have just a little more to add to my earlier opinion
about Norman Arriola and Lea Wallace's letter "Ensuring
Accurate Tribal Counts in 2010 Census."
Received April 12, 2010 - Published
April 14, 2010
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