Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2004

Publication Title

Journal of Government Information

ISBN

1352-0237

Volume

30

Issue

1

First Page

66

Last Page

80

DOI

DOI: 10.1016/j.jgi.2001.10.001

Abstract

This article traces the history of the enumeration of American Indians by the U.S. Census Bureau and its predecessors. It considers the social and political background of the census and the reasons that Native Americans were not counted by the census until 1890. It also examines the changes in the enumeration and definition of Native Americans—key concepts needed to provide effective reference service for users of Census Bureau data.

Comments

American Indians; Native Americans; Census; Enumeration; Demography; Race; Social policy

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