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US Why the 2020 census starts early in Toksook Bay, Alaska

12:55  19 january  2020
12:55  19 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The 2020 Census begins in Toksook Bay , Alaska with the "first enumeration" on Jan. Alaska ’s vast, sparsely settled northern areas are traditionally the first to be counted. Local census takers must get a head start while the frozen ground allows easier access to remote areas with unique

It's so cold that the ground is frozen in Toksook Bay.

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  At 90, Alaska Native woman will be 1st counted in US Census TOKSOOK BAY, Alaska (AP) — Lizzie Chimiugak has lived for 90 years in the windswept western wilds of Alaska, born to a nomadic family who lived in mud homes and followed where the good hunting and fishing led. Her home now is an outpost on the Bering Sea, Toksook Bay, and she is about to become the first person counted in the U.S. Census, taken every 10 years to apportion representation in Congress and federal money. "Elders that were before me,TOKSOOK BAY, Alaska (AP) — Lizzie Chimiugak has lived for 90 years in the windswept western wilds of Alaska, born to a nomadic family who lived in mud homes and followed where the good hunting and fishing led.

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___ why is the 2020 census starting in alaska ? With its sparse population and subzero temperature, rural Alaska can be hard to reach, and some of its villages are accessible only when the ground is frozen. This year, Alaska Native dancers from Toksook Bay will perform for Dillingham.

And for the census workers who are about to descend on this remote Alaskan fishing village, that's a good thing.

It means they'll have a chance to reach more people -- and count them.

For most Americans, the 2020 census won't begin for months. But for decades the decennial count has started early in Alaska, where large portions of the state aren't connected by roads and can have spotty mail service.

"Alaska's vast, sparsely settled areas traditionally are the first to be counted," the Census Bureau says. "Local census takers must get a head start while the frozen ground allows easier access to the remote areas with unique accessibility challenges."

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___ why is the 2020 census starting in alaska ? With its sparse population and subzero temperature, rural Alaska can be hard to reach, and some of its villages are accessible only when the ground is frozen. This year, Alaska Native dancers from Toksook Bay will perform for Dillingham.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in remote Alaska . U . S . Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will be there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay . ___ why is the 2020 census starting in alaska ?

And this year, on January 21, they're starting in Toksook Bay -- where around 660 people live, where snowmobiles are a major form of transportation, and where 54-year-old Robert Pitka says this is the biggest event the community has seen in his lifetime.

As the tribal administrator for the Nunakauyak Traditional Council, Pitka has been working with federal officials for more than a year to prepare for the census, which he describes as a "history-making event" for Toksook Bay.

"I'm still trying to grasp how I can explain it," he says. "It's special."

The island village, where residents rely on subsistence fishing and hunting to survive, is located on the Bering Sea in southwest Alaska.

The Census director says he's getting his snow gear ready

Just how cold does it get in Toksook Bay? Cold enough that US Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham made a point of offering one piece of advice last week for anyone who's planning to travel there: Bring a heavy coat.

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___ why is the 2020 census starting in alaska ? With its sparse population and subzero temperature, rural Alaska can be hard to reach, and some of its villages are accessible only when the ground is frozen. This year, Alaska Native dancers from Toksook Bay will perform for Dillingham.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in remote Alaska . U . S . Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will be there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay . Dillingham planned to spend time Friday at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter

"We're in the process of getting our snow gear together," Dillingham said at a Washington press conference.

The average high temperature in the region in January -- their coldest month -- is 12 degrees Fahrenheit.

"A cold spell hit in December before Christmas, and it's been cold since, over a month continuously," Pitka said. "Some days it'd be minus 10, minus 15, and the windchill factor is very low, very cold. Frostbite can occur in five minutes."

Census officials say Toksook Bay was selected to be the place where the first Americans are counted in 2020 because the majority of the village is Alaska Native -- about 94% of residents are Yup'ik -- and because the village is accessible by plane from the hub city of Bethel, Alaska, about 115 miles to the east.

Residents ride snowmobiles to get around

When the 2010 census began in Noorvik, Alaska, the director of the census traveled by dogsled to meet with residents and leaders there.

But in Toksook Bay, it's more common for residents to use ATVs or snowmobiles -- they call them "snow machines" -- to get around in the winter.

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——— why is the 2020 census starting in alaska ? With its sparse population and subzero temperature, rural Alaska can be hard to reach, and some of its villages are accessible only when the ground is frozen. This year, Alaska Native dancers from Toksook Bay will perform for Dillingham.

In the summer, Pitka said, boats are commonly used to travel from place to place.

"We don't have highways that go to other villages or cities," he said.

Census officials point to their efforts in Toksook Bay as just one example of the lengths they plan to go to this year as part of the massive national push that will determine the number of representatives each state gets in Congress and how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed.

"Different places have different challenges," Dillingham said."In Alaska, census takers often use small planes, they use boats, they use snowmobiles and other special means to reach people."

But not all parts of the state get a head start on the census.

"Residents of Anchorage, Fairbanks and other large Alaska cities will respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or mail in mid-March with the rest of the country," the Census Bureau says.

The village's oldest resident will be the first person counted

Tribal leaders in Toksook Bay decided the village's oldest resident will be the first American counted in the 2020 census.

"It's always been our cultural value, our traditional way of addressing, that elders come first before any event, and elders speak first before any ceremonial events," Pitka said. "That is our way of life in all villages in Alaska...so selecting an elder for the first enumeration is special."

The Census Begins Where It Has Struggled Before: Remote, Frozen Alaska

  The Census Begins Where It Has Struggled Before: Remote, Frozen Alaska The 2020 census officially began on Tuesday in Toksook Bay, an Alaskan village on the edge of the frozen Bering Sea where census takers hoped to show they can overcome language barriers, isolation and government distrust to develop an accurate tally for minority groups who have long suffered from undercounts. © Joshua Corbett for The New York Times Many Indigenous people in the United States live in hard-to-count areas. Visitors traveling to the village of about 650 must fly 500 miles from Anchorage, and then scoot into town on the back of a snow machine or four-wheeled A.T.V.

___ why is the 2020 census starting in alaska ? With its sparse population and subzero temperature, rural Alaska can be hard to reach, and some of its villages are accessible only when the ground is frozen. This year, Alaska Native dancers from Toksook Bay will perform for Dillingham.

The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in Toksook Bay . Why is the 2020 census starting in alaska ? With its sparse population and subzero temperature, rural Alaska can be hard to reach, and some of its villages are accessible only when the ground is frozen.

Residents will be sharing other parts of their culture as the census begins there, too.

A performance at Toksook Bay's school will feature traditional dancing.

"It's a great opportunity for us as a village to kind of show off who we are," said Michael Robbins, principal of the Nelson Island School, named for the island where Toksook Bay and several other villages sit.

There's no hotel, so visitors often spend the night at the school

Dance performances and a potluck meal aren't the only things that will be happening at the school.

Because there aren't any hotels in town, Robbins said the school is preparing for journalists covering the census to spend the night there.

"They just have to be out of the classrooms by 8 o'clock, because we're not canceling school," he said.

The school is used to accommodating guests. Basketball teams who travel to Toksook Bay for games and other groups of out-of-town visitors regularly spend the night there, Robbins said.

For the school's 191 students and their teachers, Robbins said this year's census is a lesson they'll never forget.

"It's incredibly exciting for the social studies teachers that we have, like myself, to have something like this, and for it to be so important not only to our community, but for our whole country," he said. "It's great for our kids to see democracy in action."

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