- The federal government distributes approximately $300 billion to local, state and Tribal
- governments based on the Census.
- The population totals from this census will determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.
- The totals are also used to redraw legislative districts.
- Census questionnaire will come in the mail with a return postage-paid envelope.
- Questionnaires will be mailed out between February 2010 and the end of March 2010.
- Census Day is April 1, 2010. Complete your questionnaire on April 1, 2010.
- It’s easy! Fill it out and mail it back!
- The census questionnaire has only 10 questions per person living in your home and takes only 10 minutes to complete? It’s the shortest in history.
- One last thing: Strict confidentiality laws protect the confidentiality of respondents and the information they provide.
- Page 1, Question 5, “1st Adult in House”
- Always list the adult Indian spouse or household member as the “1st Adult” (not the non-Indian), regardless of who is the husband or wife, or wage earner, etc.
- Page 1, Question 8 “Hispanic” always check “NO”
- Page 1, Question 9 “Race” Check American Indian/Alaska Native ONLY. Do NOT check any other race.
- Page 2 and on-List all other household members here, including non-Indian spouses and others in household
Tribal historyFor information on the Cheroenhaka and details on a July 24-25 pow wow at the Southampton County Fair Grounds: www.cheroenhaka-nottoway.org
The fiber-to-the-home project calls for miles of fiber optic lines to be installed in Plummer, Worley, Tensed and DeSmet. “This is awesome news for everyone living on the reservation,” said Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief James Allan. “The broadband project will have a profound impact on all residents of the Coeur d’Alene reservation.” The project will provide services to anchor institutions and critical community facilities and roughly 3,800 un-served and underserved households on the reservation – both tribal and non-tribal member alike, said Valerie Fast Horse, the tribe’s information and technology director. “We have a rare opportunity to build one of the first fiber-to-the-home networks of this scale in the region. True economic development must involve revitalizing the human spirit of our communities. It is our hope that by lighting up the reservation with a fiber optic network we will spark our most creative minds and encourage the knowledge-based economy we’ve been striving to develop.” The tribe expects to start work on installing fiber optic lines in the coming months. The telecommunication funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The tribe will receive half of the money through a grant and the other half will be loaned to the tribe. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of 22 broadband infrastructure projects to give rural residents in 18 states or territories. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s selection is one of the first Native American tribes to receive broadband funding and was the only application in Idaho to be funded. “These broadband projects will provide rural America access to the tools it needs to attract new businesses, educational opportunities and jobs,” Vilsack said. “The Obama administration understands that bringing broadband to rural America is an economic gateway for people, business owners and key institutions – such as libraries, hospitals, public safety buildings and community centers. Broadband is important for rural communities to remain strong in the 21st century.” The tribe received congressional and state support for the project, including support from U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Gov. Butch Otter. “We truly appreciate them for seeing the need in our rural community,” Allan said. In all, the federal government will invest more than $254.6 million on 22 projects. An additional $13.1 million in private investment will be provided in matching funds. Congress provided USDA $2.5 billion in Recovery Act funding to assist applicants to bring broadband services to those without service and underserved communities. To date, $895.6 million has been provided to support 55 broadband projects in 29 states or territories. The tribe currently offers wireless broadband services to more than 600 customers through Red Spectrum. The service is available to all residents living in the service area.