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The Navajo Nation has joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce alleging that the agencies are implementing a “rush plan” to complete 2020 Census data collection by Sept. 30.
The reservation had an 18.6% self-response rate to the census as of Wednesday, according to Census Bureau data. The national self-response rate was 65.2%.
Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer said limited internet and phone service on the reservation makes completing the census difficult.