Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown applauded completion of the first 2020 Census count in Oregon today, which is also the first day when 2020 mailers begin to arrive in mailboxes inviting Oregonians to participate in the 2020 Census.
Selected by the U.S. Census Bureau, Warm Springs Indian Reservation was the location where the first Oregon 2020 Census questionnaire was completed. George Aguilar Sr., an 89-year-old Wasco elder and lifelong resident of Warm Springs, is a Korean War veteran who has worked as a laborer, fisherman, logger, construction manager, and author. He completed the first count for the 2020 Census in Oregon at his home.
“It is critical that every Oregonian be counted during the 2020 Census – especially our Tribal and Native American communities,” said Governor Kate Brown. “The census has a significant impact on Indian country – and I’m committed to working with all Oregon Tribal communities, Native American service organizations, and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Tribal Partnership Program to ensure that we achieve an accurate and complete count.”
“The census happens every 10 years. In the past, our reservation community has been undercounted. We don’t want that to be the case in 2020. I encourage all our Tribal Members and Warm Springs residents to participate in the 2020 Census to help provide a better future for our community and future generations,” said Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council Chairman Raymond Tsumpti Sr.
In largely rural areas where most residents receive their mail at a post office box, including the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, the Census will be taken via the Update Leave method. In that approach, the local census takers visit, update the home’s address, and leave a questionnaire packet. These households can choose to respond online but also have the option to mail in the form or respond by phone.
For more information about the 2020 Census in Oregon visit: Oregon2020Census.gov
. You can participate online by going to my2020Census.gov
and clicking on the “Take the Census” button.