2020 Census

by Mescalero Apache Tribe | February 24, 2020 3:22 pm

**NEW Announcement**

Hello! The 2020 Census has begun and Mescalero needs to be counted!

Starting August 11th, Census Enumerators will go out knocking on doors to ensure individuals have filled out the 2020 Census. BUT WAIT…there is a way for you to NOT GET A KNOCK.

Call to the Tribal Offices, 464-4494, and give Elaina Via YOUR NAME AND REACHABLE PHONE NUMBER to have a Census Representative CALL YOU INSTEAD OF KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR.

Want to hear from the experts on how to fill out the Census? No problem!

You could be entered to win a prize if you speak with a Census Representative! Give your information to Elaina BEFORE 4PM ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 to be entered for a drawing.


The Mescalero Apache Tribe wishes to help you understand the importance of the Census and how to fill out the questionnaire.

Did you know you can help the Tribe receive federal funding for programs and services? Just fill out the Census! It’s easy and it only takes 10 minutes.

This is the first year the Census is accessible online, by phone, and mail-in. How convenient right? Self-responding helps ensure we have an accurate count.

Want to avoid a Census Taker from knocking on your door? Self-respond by going online, calling by phone, or mailing-in your questionnaire is the way to go.

By April 1, 2020, all households should have received an invitation to complete the questionnaire. If you didn’t get anything in your mail or on your doorstep, no worries. Still fill out the Census by going online at my2020census.gov or calling the toll free number at 1-844-330-2020.

Please scroll down for more important information about the 2020 Census and how it can positively help our tribe and, most importantly, your entire family. We are here to help – if you have any questions about the Census call Elaina Via at the Tribal Offices, 464-9270 or email [email protected]

Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19[1]Download[2]
How to Get Counted[3]Download[4]

Due to the rising concerns of COVID-19, the March 15th event at IMG was cancelled.

From the Office of the President

February 18, 2020

Dear Tribal Members,

Greetings! I would like to take this time to write about the importance of the 2020 Census. Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone living in the nation on April 1st, which is approaching fast. Having our tribal members respond to the 2020 Census helps our Tribe receive federal funding in the future. Funding for programs and grants are allocated based on Census data.

For example, infrastructure like roads, housing, and hospitals are federally funded and the Census data helps distribute funding. With an accurate count of Mescalero Apaches living on and off the reservation, we can increase funding.

We cannot afford an undercount. Children from the age of 0-5 years are the most undercounted. And even worse, Native Americans in the state of New Mexico are the most difficult to count.

The solution? Fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire!

The month of March is when information about the Census will be in your mailbox or front door. I challenge you to not throw away anything related to the Census; instead, read the material.

If you don’t quite understand the importance of the Census and how it can help the Tribe, please call the Tribal Offices. I hear we have some goodies if you visit Administration and talk about the Census.

In closing, we will host community events for the coming weeks in hopes our tribal members know the significance of the Census and how to fill out the questionnaire. Be on the lookout!

“I’m Mescalero Apache and I count.”


Gabe Aguilar


Census data informs lawmakers, and many other people, of how many individuals live on the reservation. The results from the 2020 Census show where communities need new roads.

Help our tribal department get new roads by filling out the Census!

Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education!

Information about how many people live in an area and where they live is critical for emergency response/disaster preparedness services including wildfires and flooding.

  1. Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19: http://mescaleroapachetribe.com/wp-content/uploads/2020-census-operational-adjustments-03-25-2020.pdf
  2. Download: http://mescaleroapachetribe.com/wp-content/uploads/2020-census-operational-adjustments-03-25-2020.pdf
  3. How to Get Counted: http://mescaleroapachetribe.com/wp-content/uploads/How-to-get-counted.pdf
  4. Download: http://mescaleroapachetribe.com/wp-content/uploads/How-to-get-counted.pdf

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