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Citizen Potawatomi Nation is conducting a census of tribal members in order to obtain contact information and demographic details. The census data will be used for future emergency response efforts and to provide details when applying to receive grant funds.

“We had more than 310 households respond to the voluntary survey so far,” said Margaret Zientek. “We are very appreciative of members who allow us to have this information and it will be kept confidential.”

The first part of the census is an emergency response form. The information gathered from the emergency response form will help CPN contact tribal members to offer assistance after emergency events.

“After the recent Oklahoma tornadoes we had an extremely difficult time getting in contact with CPN members,” said Zientek. “We want to be able to contact members to do well being checks and also offer assistance in those times of need.”

The data would be used for emergency response efforts in other states as well in disaster situations such as the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, California Wild Fires, etc.

The second part of the census collects geographic data to assist CPN self-governance and other CPN programs with grant applications.

“Most of CPN programs are funded by grants and we need a significant amount of data to be considered,” added Zientek. “Collecting this demographic information will allow us to have an accurate sample of the CPN population and possibly help us secure more grant funds.”

To participate in the census click here.