Census Bureau data affects the allocation of more than $3.2 billion in federal dollars in Alaska each year. According to national data, every American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) person not counted costs the state $3000 per person, per year.
Children and low-income Alaskans suffer disproportionately from the direct effects of an inaccurate census, from decreases to education funding to cuts in rural energy and heat subsidies to subsistence allowances, and many other programs that make up Alaska’s social safety net.
AkPIRG is working with the Alaska Census Working Group, a non-governmental group which aims to develop, translate, and disseminate communication materials about the census with the aim of achieving a fair and accurate count in 2020.
What We’re Doing
AkPIRG is acting as a liaison between the communications sub-group and the Alaska Native language translations sub-group, to ensure that the communications plan developed in the first group is translated and deployed most strategically throughout rural communities. Currently, AkPIRG is working with a Leadership Anchorage cohort on a Community Impact Project aimed at creating Anchorage’s Communications Plan.