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2020 CENSUS APPRECIATION CONTEST

Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? If you have great, enter our contest!  If you haven’t there’s still time!!  You can do it now and then enter our Appreciation Contest to have the chance to win some phenomenal prizes!!  Here’s how you can do the Census right now:

The stakes are critically high for Alaskans in the 2020 Decennial Census.

An undercount can impact our state and communities for 10 years, severely undercutting our ability to access necessary funding to provide services, education, healthcare, transportation, energy and the list goes on, to say nothing of the potential impacts to elections. Each Alaskan counted brings in approximately $3,500 per year to the state. This is $35,000 over the next 10 years for Alaska per person, $140,000 for a family of 4. The loss of this critical federal revenue impacts Alaska Native peoples and communities disproportionately. September 30 is currently the last day to be counted throughout the nation and it is fast approaching.

Help Our People be Counted!
How to Enter –  Complete the 2020 Census or Commit to Completing, Then Enter Our Appreciation Contest Via This Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FAICensusDrawing

WIN PRIZES LIKE THESE*

*PRIZES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, BASED ON AVAILABILITY, SIZES, COLORS, AND ACTUAL OBJECT MAY VARY. EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE WILL BE USED TO DETERMINE ACTUAL PRIZE. WINNER CANNOT SUBSTITUTE OR TRADE.  DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

HOW THE CONTEST WORKS

*Winners will be responsible for any tax implications
**If the 2020 Census deadline gets extended, this opportunity will also be extended to that deadline; Weekly Drawings, Prizes and Bonus Prizes may change to accommodate that changed deadline.

IMPORTANT RULES

Enter at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FAICensusDrawing

WHY AN APPRECIATION CONTEST? 

Because we need our people counted.  Because the Census is shutting down earlier than everyone planned and all of our peoples have not been counted.  Because of the pandemic we cannot do the gatherings we normally would or be boots on the ground.  We need every person counted to get the resources and elections protections we need in Alaska as well as ensure the federal government is accountable to our Native peoples.

CONTEST PARTNERS

Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN):  AFN is Alaska’s largest and oldest statewide Native organization. Formed in 1966 to settle land claims, AFN continues to be the principal forum and voice of Alaska Natives in addressing critical issues of public policy and government. AFN’s mission is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community. Learn more at www.nativefederation.org.

“AFN hopes you will sign up for this drawing right now. By filling out the Census you help our whole state be counted.  Join in the Appreciation drawing today. Don’t wait,” Julie Kitka, AFN President

Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska:  Tlingit & Haida is a tribal government representing over 30,000 Tlingit and Haida Indians worldwide. Tlingit & Haida’s mission is to preserve our sovereignty, enhance our economic and cultural resources, and promote self-sufficiency and self-governance for our citizens through collaboration, service, and advocacy. To learn more visit Tlingit & Haida’s website at www.ccthita-nsn.gov, contact us at 907.463.7368 or email [email protected].

“It is critical that we make sure that every household in Alaska is counted. Alaska currently has one of the lowest Census response rates in the country and there are millions of dollars at stake for our communities that fund schools, public safety, hospitals and housing. The early end of the 2020 Census could disproportionately hurt Alaska Native Tribes that are already historically undercounted and hard to reach. Our villages, communities, region and state are counting on you!” – Chalyee ÉeshRichard J. Peterson, President

Kawerak, Inc.: Kawerak works hard to meet the needs of the people of the region through strong collaboration and cooperation with all 20 tribes, our regional medical center, and our Elder’s wisdom and expert guidance. The scope of service and work is wide but our mission keeps us united and focused on meeting the identified needs and working together to engage in this mission. Kawerak is truly empowered by the unity of our Tribes to serve our people, and we do this through facilitation and partnership. Lastly, we are guided and sustained by our traditions, values, and Native culture, all of which we hold dear and work to keep alive and integrated in all that we do. Their mission is “Advancing the capacity of our People and Tribes for the benefit of the region.” Learn more about Kawerak at https://kawerak.org/.

Sealaska:  Sealaska was formed in 1971 as result of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) – the largest land settlement in US history. Through ANCSA, approximately 44 million acres of traditional homelands were returned to Alaska Natives in the form of 13 regional for profit corporations of which Sealaska, with more than 22,000 shareholders, is the largest. Sealaska’s land holdings in Southeast Alaska are roughly 1.6 percent of the traditional homelands that the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people inhabited for more than 10,000 years. Sealaska’s primary economic drivers are natural resources, land management, environmental services and seafood. Learn more about Sealaska at: www.sealaska.com.

Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC): CITC stands for people, partnership and potential. We are a tribal nonprofit organization helping Alaska Native and American Indian people residing in the Cook Inlet Region of southcentral Alaska reach their full potential. They believe that when we work together, we can help each other develop our strengths and talents, and become successful and self-sufficient individuals, families and communities.

“The power of partnership is what is key to making the census work. Partnerships with organizations that are connected to people and working with the Tribes across Alaska. It takes a whole community to ensure we get the most complete count possible.” – Gloria O’Neill (Yup’ik), President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council

First Alaskans Institute (FAI):  At FAI we know we are responsible for carrying more than 10,000 years of ancestral knowledge into the future with rigor, humor, resilience, vigilance, and love. To learn more visit our website at www.firstalaskans.org, contact us at 907-677-1700 or email [email protected].

“When Alaska Natives complete the Census, it is a political act because of our unique status in this country which predates the US Constitution and is enshrined within it. When we take the Census, it means we are helping to provide for our families, communities, and this entire state benefits from it,” said Liz La quen náay Medicine Crow (Haida/Tlingit), President/CEO of First Alaskans Institute

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW TO ANSWER THE CENSUS – Did You Know?

RECENT WINNERS

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:

Alaska Native Policy Center
Phone: (907) 677-1700
Email: [email protected]

Read the latest press release: ANNOUNCING THE 2020 CENSUS APPRECIATION DRAWING

Tune into a radio story on KCAW on the Census and contest with Nicole Borromeo, Executive Vice-President & General Counsel of Alaska Federation of Natives: AFN leader urges Alaskans to complete the census by the end of the month

Read a story on Delta Discovery: 2020 Census Appreciation Drawing