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JOSE GASPAR: Kern County at risk for undercount in 2020 Census

Had the ancestors of Sandra Hernandez not participated in the U.S. Census more than 100 years ago, things may have turned out very differently for this proud Native American Bakersfield woman.

"I myself would not have been considered a tribal member," said Hernandez. "I would've had a much harder time to prove that I was a Kitanemuk descendant had my family chose not to be in that census."

Contributing columnist Jose Gaspar is a news anchor/reporter for Telemundo Bakersfield and KGET. Email him at His work appears here every third Monday; the views expressed are his own.

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