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SUMMARY OF HIRES (April 04. 2000)

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Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Be Counted:

March 08 - April 14, 2000

The centers assisted persons who have questions about the Census; those who need special language assistance; those who need help in completing a questionnaire; and/or those who did not receive a questionnaire. Those Local Census Offices that had Update/Enumeration were not eligible to have these centers. However, with advocacy by the Navajo Nation we had sites at the following border town locations:

Results:

Nanizhoozhi Center - Gallup, NM
Fighting Back - Gallup, NM

Future Foundation Family Center - Grants, NM
National Indian Youth Council - Farmington, NM

Farmington Inter-Tribal Indian Organization - Farmington, NM
Department of Economic Security - Page, AZ

With the assistance of the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Local Census Offices, five paid clerks were employed at these sites. A successful outreach by the Navajo Nation has been achieved on behalf of our Navajos residing in border town locations. Total of 135 D-399 and 146 Be Counted forms were issued.

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Our census takers took to the field canvassing their assignment areas using census maps and an address register which contains addresses and location information for their assignment area. Where needed, updates were done to address list by adding housing units not already listed, making corrections to address information and deleting listing that do not exist. The census takers are also completing either a short or long form questionnaire at each housing unit.

In preparation for this big operation, the selection clerks contacted (1,496) people who attended a five (5) day training at numerous sites. A total of sixty-three (63) crew leaders along with their assistants conducted the training with the help of Assistant Managers, Field Operation Supervisors and Regional Technicians. Our Tribal Partnership Specialist, Leila Help-Tulley, did an excellent job in providing the Navajo Cultural Awareness training to all our trainees. We also would like to thank the Denver Regional Census Center for providing lodging for the majority of our trainees. After the first training we scheduled three consecutive week of re-placement training. A total of (380) attended the replacement training.

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Breakdown of Update/Enumerate workload operational status: (address binders & maps)

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Breakdown of Update/Enumerate workload operational status: (questionnaires) as of April 17, 2000

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Non-Response Follow-Up Operation (NRFU)

April 27 - July 07, 2000

This operation follows the Update/Leave operation and purpose is to obtain a completed questionnaire from households when the residents did not return their questionnaire by mail during the Update/Leave. For each assignment area, a census taker receives listing pages with information such as ID number, form type, block number, address or physical location, and unit description for each nonresponse unit. Total of 30 people had been contacted to attend training next week. A total of 70 assigned area with 2,062 housing units needs to completed.

Re-Interview Operation:

The purpose of this operation is to verify that the census takers collected accurate information. The procedure is sample of households in an assignment area is contacted again in person or by telephone. The census taker again asks certain questions and compares the answers to the original questionnaire. A total of 60 people are in training for this operation.

Conclusion:

The Navajo Nation Local Census Office has emerged from a small operation into a huge
operation and this has provided employment for our Navajo people back at their own
communities. Proudly, the Navajo Nation has put forth their full intention and support of
this initiative for an accurate or a count that the Nation can live with for the next ten
years. We are now at a critical point of our operation and have successfully achieved our
recruitment goal and as a result are in full operation. Employees of the Navajo Nation
Local Census Office are working around the clock to ensure that timelines are met. I
wish to thank each employee of this LCO for their tireless efforts, time they are away
from their families and their dedication to their people- as a member of the Navajo
Nation.

Last but not least, I again express my appreciation to each of you for your belief and concern for your Navajo people. Because of your advocacy, we reached our recruitment goal. Because of your support our effort to enumerate is and will be successful.

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