Articles written by Kayla Sawyer

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  • 2020 Census is vital for American Indians and Alaska Natives

    Kayla Sawyer, Diverse Elders Coalition|Mar 1, 2020

    American Indians and Alaska Natives are the ethnic group with the highest undercount of any defined by the Census Bureau. Approximately 4.9 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives were undercounted by the 2010 Census. The reasons for this undercount are varied, but one key reason is that 26 percent of American Indians live in hard-to-count census tracts. More than 80 percent of reservation lands are ranked among the country’s hardest-to-count areas. The U.S. Census Bureau is working with organizations like the National Indian Council o...

  • Indian Council focuses on challenges, benefits of caregiving

    KAYLA SAWYER and REBECCA OWL MORGAN, National Indian Council on Aging|Jan 1, 2020

    Earlier this year, the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) had the opportunity to host several focus groups with American Indian family caregivers. The purpose of the groups was to learn more about these caregivers’ experiences helping an older family member or friend who has health problems and disabilities. During the focus groups, we learned about their caregiving duties, the challenges they face, and their encounters with healthcare professionals. Our focus groups revealed how caregivers’ lives are impacted by their role as caregivers....