TRB Webinar: Understanding and Using Census Data for Tribal Transportation Programs

October 17, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM U.S. Eastern
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AICP: 1.50 hour(s)
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Tribal transportation planners are invited to a TRB webinar on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET. This webinar will provide information about accurately counting tribal communities in the American Community Survey and the 2020 census. The American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) census has a significant role in several federal fund distribution formulas, including the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) administered by the Federal Highway Administration and Bureau of Indian Affairs. The TTP's reliance on an Indian Housing Block Grant regulation for determining AI/AN population for each federally recognized tribe has seen fluctuations based on 2016 rule changes. The United States is also actively preparing for the 2020 census.

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Native American Transportation Issues.

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Webinar Presenters

  • Norm DeWeaver, Norm DeWeaver Consulting
  • Dick Winchell, Eastern Washington University

Moderated by:  Ron Hall, Bubar & Hall Consulting LLC

 Webinar Outline

  1. Background of counting Native Americans and Alaska Natives
  2. Current state of practice in counting AI/AN
  3. Difference between the Decennial Census and American Community Survey
  4. Issues regarding accuracy of Census and ACS data
  5. Impacts from implementation of ACS rather than Census on TTP funding formula
  6. Preparing for 2020 Census and FAST Act Reauthorization
  7. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, you will able to:

  • Discuss historical context for counting American Indians/Alaska Natives
  • Describe the principals underlying the Decennial Census and American Community Survey and their differences
  • Identify the challenges of producing an accurate national census for American Indians/Alaska Natives and the role of local resources
  • Describe the impact of the Decennial Census and ACS on tribal transportation programs under the current legislation and options for future legislation

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