The Data May Be A Mess, But Can It Still Be Useful To Indian Country?

Authors: Mark Trahant

Disciplines: Quantitative Reasoning

Themes: Federal and State Relations and Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, Tribal Membership, Enrollment and Citizenship

This case explores the history of data collection in Indian Country ranging from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. It shows why American Indian and Alaska Native demographics matter and provides ideas about how to judge the value of numbers or reports that define who is an American Indian or Alaska Native.