Deadline to respond to census extended 

NESPELEM - As of May 16, the Colville Reservation was reporting 17.8 percent self-response rates from households to the 2020 U.S. Census whether by phone, by mail or via the internet.

Across the state of Washington, 64.5 percent of households have responded to the area, and across the nation 59.1 percent of households.

The Yakama Nation is currently reporting a 45.3 percent return.

According to data provided by Colville Tribal Elections Office earlier this year every Colville Tribal resident tallied in the census equals approximately $3,000 in state and federal funding that is available to the tribes and a family of five results in approximately $100,000 over 10 years.

At an event in December, Elections Office Coordinator Lachelle Ives stated that money is often used to offset tribal dollars to fund tribal programs and services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for self-responses has been extended to October 31. 

How to respond

Colville Tribal members can respond to the 2020 U.S. Census online, over the phone or through the mail.

Tribal members can complete the census online at

The website notes, “The quickest way to respond to the 2020 Census is online with your Census ID, which easily links your response with your address. However, you can respond without a Census ID and still be linked with your address. 

This ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you received from the Census Bureau. After selecting the “Start Questionnaire” button on the online form, you will be prompted to enter your ID. All 2020 Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers).”

While filing out the census, progress cannot be saved, therefore the census must be completed in one setting.

Over the phone, the census can be completed by calling 1-844-330-2020.

The website notes, “Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in March. These official Census Bureau mailings included detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online.

During this time frame, homes in areas that are less likely to respond online received a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form).

Homes that do not initially respond online or by phone will receive a paper questionnaire.”

When responding, you are asked to use blue or black ink to fill in the questionnaire. Do not use a pencil. When finished, you can return the questionnaire in the envelope provided. If you have lost your return envelope, you can mail your completed questionnaire to:

U.S. Census Bureau 

National Processing Center

1201 E 10th Street

Jeffersonville, IN 47132.

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