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8/10/2020

article Alaska Native entities get millions of CARES funds
(Alaska) -- Federal funds totaling nearly $16 million have been awarded to Alaska Native organizations to provide health care initiatives and community projects to...
article Ute Mountain Ute petition seeks dispersal of U.S. coronavirus money
(Colorado) -- More than 500 Ute Mountain Ute tribal members have signed a petition urging the tribal council to distribute a portion of federal CARES Act aid directly to...

8/7/2020

article Tribal Casino Leaders Want More COVID-19 Funds, Confident on Safety
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal chairs and top executives at tribal gaming operations overwhelmingly believe more federal coronavirus relief funds are needed, according to a...
article Yakutat Tlingit Tribe awarded CARES Act grant to build energy-efficient housing
(Alaska) -- The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe has won a competitive CARES Act grant to construct three energy-efficient homes. The Department of Housing and Urban Development...

8/6/2020

article A Federal Court Ruling Could Finally Put Much Needed Stimulus Funds In The Hands Of Native Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Indigenous communities in the Unites States have often been forgotten or deliberately excluded from federal policy. Many nations have been forced to...
article Message from the Chair: CARES Act funding helps protect community, people
(Montana) -- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, called the CARES Act, is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed into federal law in March to...

8/4/2020

article Yakutat Tlingit Tribe to receive $900K in CARES Act money
(Alaska) -- Alaska Congressman Don Young announced that nearly $16 million in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health...
article CARES Act money helps Tribes address affordable housing and homelessness during pandemic
(Alaska) -- As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated $100 million earlier this year to help Tribes cope with housing and sanitation issues during the coronavirus...

8/1/2020

article Newland: Congress should make sure pandemic relief legislation works for Indian Country
(Michigan) -- When Congress enacted the CARES Act in March, it appropriated $8 billion to tribal governments through the Coronavirus Relief Fund to assist with pandemic...

7/29/2020

article Kiowa Tribe CARES Act Fund Disbursement Halted
(Oklahoma) -- Appeals Officer Shannon Edwards with the Code of Federal Regulations Court in Anadarko granted a preliminary injunction against the Kiowa Tribe, barring...

7/28/2020

article Spending Rules for Relief Funds Put Tribes in Tough Spot
(South Dakota) -- Native American tribes are in a difficult situation in putting COVID relief money to use. The aid came several months after the pandemic started,...

7/23/2020

article Commerce announces $20 million emergency response grants for Tribes
(Washington) -- The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $20 million in emergency Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding is now...
article 'Game Changer': Yurok Tribe Implements $2.1M Broadband Project With CARES Act Funding
(Oregon) -- The Yurok Tribal Council recently approved a $2.1 million project that will significantly boost Yurok Connect’s data transmission speeds and expand its...

7/21/2020

article Lawmakers seek extension for tribes to spend stimulus money following Treasury delays
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawmakers are stepping in to seek more time for tribal governments to spend coronavirus relief money after funding slated for Native American...
article 8 U.S. Tribes Receive CARES Act Funds For Transit Operations
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has announced nearly $5 million in recent grant awards to eight tribal...

7/17/2020

article Arizona delegation looks for changes to Native aid in next relief package
(Arizona) -- Arizona’s Native American tribes are among the worst-hit jurisdictions in the world by COVID-19. As Congress pursues another federal aid package...
article OP/ED: COVID-19 has ravaged Indian Country and financial relief is crucial
(California) -- As the Trump administration and Congress negotiate another coronavirus relief package, a constituency requiring urgent support is American Indian tribes...

7/15/2020

article Tribal Nations Appeal Ruling Over Federal Virus Relief Funds
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal nations are challenging a court decision that allows Alaska Native corporations to receive a share of $8 billion in federal coronavirus...

7/13/2020

article Tribes struggle to meet deadline to spend virus relief aid
(Arizona) -- As the coronavirus ripped through the Navajo Nation, it spotlighted longstanding inequities on the reservation where thousands of tribal members travel long...
article Sault Tribe clarifies COVID-19 Assistance Program
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors recently approved a direct services program to help Sault Tribe members. It will be...

7/11/2020

article Tribes struggle to meet deadline to spend virus relief aid
(Arizona) -- As the coronavirus ripped through the Navajo Nation, it spotlighted longstanding inequities on the reservation where thousands of tribal members travel long...
article North Coast tribes receive $2.7 million for coronavirus emergency response
(California) -- Three Indigenous tribes along the North Coast were among the country’s first to receive a share of $100 million in federal grant funding to help...

7/10/2020

article North Coast tribes receive $2.7 million for coronavirus emergency response
(California) -- Three Indigenous tribes along the North Coast were among the country’s first to receive a share of $100 million in federal grant funding to help...

7/8/2020

article Tribes say delay in release of COVID-19 funds hurt coronavirus relief, other efforts
(Indian Country) -- At a time when some Native American communities continue to struggle with the most basic needs, tribal leaders Wednesday called it “an outrage...
article 'We do need additional dollars': Tribes won't let up in fight over COVID-19 relief
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska Native corporations will continue to wait for more than a half-billion dollars in COVID-19 relief while a bitter legal dispute heads to a...
article Skagway Traditional Council distributes half a million dollars in federal aid
(Washington) -- The Municipality of Skagway is distributing monthly aid and stimulus checks. But tribal members have the option to choose Skagway Traditional Council...

7/7/2020

article Navajo president approves $52M in CARES Act spending
(Idaho) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has approved the spending of more than $52 million in federal CARES Act funds to address COVID-19 on the reservation. Nez...
article Governor's vetos could cost New Mexico tribes some funding
(New Mexico) -- Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal...
article Choctaw Nation using CARES Act money to provide COVID-19 relief to members
(Oklahoma) -- As part of the CARES Act, the Choctaw Nation received $200 million from the federal government, and it’s using the majority of that to provide...
article Clarity For CARES Act:
(Arizona) -- Tribes are faced with complex CARES Act requirements and with it a need to spend funds quickly. Our team of tribal leaders, tribal professionals and subject...

7/6/2020

article Alaska Native corporations to garner tribal pandemic relief
(Alaska) -- The National Congress of American Indians criticized a June 26 court decision clearing the way for Alaska Native Corporations to receive shares of the $8...

7/2/2020

article Republican lawmaker finds way to blame tribes for Trump's delay in COVID-19 relief
(Washington D.C.) -- A bitter dispute over $8 billion in COVID-19 relief for Indian Country continues to simmer on Capitol Hill, with some lawmakers blaming tribes for...
article Skagway Traditional Council offers CARES funds to members and staff
(Alaska) -- On May 31, Skagway Traditional Council (STC) began accepting applications to distribute up to $7,000 of CARES Act funding to eligible members. STC staff who...

6/29/2020

article Alaskan Native Corporations Allowed to Take Covid-19 Funding
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska Native Corporations are entitled to receive federal payments to combat the Covid-19 pandemic under the CARES Act, a Washington court said....
article Most of New Mexico relief dollars going to help tribal communities
(New Mexico) -- More than 52% of the federal money being spent in New Mexico to help with COVID-19 relief is going to tribal communities. But is it enough? “It...

6/26/2020

article Judge: Alaska corporations can get tribal virus relief money
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska Native corporations are eligible for a share of coronavirus relief funding set aside for tribes, a federal judge ruled late Friday in a case...
article Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal governments obtained a federal court order forcing the U.S. Treasury Department to announce the release June 17 of the last of the belated $4...

6/24/2020

press release Federal judge orders the release of remaining CARES Act funds for tribal communities
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge released the remainder of $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds intended for tribal communities after a huge chunk of those funds were...
article CARES Act stimulus payments to be distributed to all CSKT eligible enrolled members
(Montana) -- On June 23, 2020 the Tribal Council approved the Coronavirus Economic Stimulus and Relief Allocation to ensure all eligible CSKT enrolled members, including...
article Minnesota tribes ask for more autonomy with CARES Act funding
(Minnesota) -- After weeks of waiting for delayed federal dollars from Congress's CARES Act to help amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaders of Minnesota's Native...

6/22/2020

article Native American tribes in a battle for their share of virus stimulus money
(Washington D.C.) -- Over the past three months, the Treasury Department has managed to send out billions of dollars in loans to small businesses, checks to families and...
article Shawnee Tribe files lawsuit against U.S. Treasury Dept., Dept. of Interior
(Oklahoma) -- Native American Tribal Nations have been waiting for a while on funds to help with pandemic relief. “I think the delay has had a lot of impacts. But...

6/21/2020

article Distribution of $1.9 billion in tribal coronavirus relief funds sparks federal lawsuit, protest
(Washington D.C.) -- Controversy is stirring in Oklahoma Indian country over decisions made regarding the distribution of about $1.9 billion in federal coronavirus...

6/20/2020

article Tribes Dispute Whether Native Corporations Qualify for Virus-Relief Funding
(Washington D.C.) -- A high-stakes tug-of-war over billions of dollars in Covid-19 emergency funds played out in federal court in Washington, D.C., Friday between Native...

6/19/2020

article Tribes in a Battle for Their Share of Virus Stimulus Money
(Washington D.C.) -- Over the past three months, the Treasury Department has managed to send out billions of dollars in loans to small businesses, checks to families and...
article Shawnee Tribe Sues Trump Administration Over CARES Funding
(Oklahoma) -- The Shawnee Tribe filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, alleging that the Trump administration “grossly undercounted” the tribe’s enrolled...
article CARES Act relief money is a bandaid for a North Dakota tribe
(North Dakota) -- After waiting about a month longer than expected, one North Dakota Tribe has finally received its second CARES Act payment. Of the $8 billion allotted...

6/18/2020

article Federal Judge Orders Trump Admin to Give Native Americans Their Withheld Stimulus Money
(Washington D.C.) -- Frustrated and disgusted that it has taken so long for the Department of the Treasury to distribute Federal stimulus funds to Native American tribes...

6/17/2020

article Judge orders Mnuchin to give Native American tribes full stimulus funding
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge is once again ordering Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to release the full amount of stimulus funding Congress set aside for...

6/16/2020

article Tribe’s bid to halt virus relief funding denied
(Arizona) -- A federal judge in the nation’s capital has denied a request from a Native American tribe in Kansas to halt further distribution of coronavirus relief...

6/15/2020

article Judge: U.S. must release $679M in tribal virus relief funds
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Treasury Department must release $679 million in coronavirus relief funding for tribes that it intended to withhold while a court challenge...

6/12/2020

article Federal Judge Rejects Prairie Band’s Motion to Delay CARES Act Funds; Allows Immediate Distribution to Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta rejected the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s motion to block the Treasury Department from sending out the...
article Tribes Dispute Whether Native Corporations Qualify for Virus Relief Funding
(Washington D.C.) -- A high-stakes tug-of-war over billions of dollars in Covid-19 emergency funds played out in federal court in Washington, D.C. Friday between Native...

6/11/2020

article Government Claims Native American Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Funds Too Late
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration blamed a Native American tribe for waiting until the eleventh hour to challenge the distribution metrics for Covid-19...
article US judge denies tribe’s bid to halt virus relief funding
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge in the nation's capital has denied a request from a Native American tribe in Kansas to halt further distribution of coronavirus...
article Virus Relief Funds Slow to Reach Tribes Hit Hard by Pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- An administrative bottleneck is slowing the stream of funds aimed at helping American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes deal with the Covid-19...

6/5/2020

article Navajo Nation Stymied By CARES Act Restrictions
(Arizona) -- Thirty percent of people on the Navajo Nation haul their water from sources such as windmills, livestock tanks, springs, and water stations. Unregulated...

6/4/2020

article Hoopa, Yurok tribes put millions in CARES Act funding toward COVID-19 recovery
(California) -- Native American tribes in Humboldt County have received millions of dollars in CARES Act funding during the COVID-19 pandemic, funding they say will go...

6/1/2020

article Little Shell Tribe plans to use $25M in relief funding to create urgent care facility
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe leaders say they want to use $25 million they received in federal coronavirus relief funding for an urgent care clinic in Great Falls...
article HSS Awards $15M to Tribal Organizations for COVID-19 Telehealth Expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- The Health and Human Services Department has awarded $15 million to help dozens of Native American Tribes and organizations expand telehealth...

5/29/2020

article Feds sending Native American clinics coronavirus relief money
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday it will be sending more than $6.3 million to Native American health care providers...

5/28/2020

article Arizona tribes receive $1.2 million in grants as part of virus relief package
(Arizona) -- Arizona tribes received four grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of a $15 million coronavirus relief package on Thursday....
article Native American Tribes Using Federal Funds To Aid Coronavirus Relief
(Montana) -- Native American tribes in Montana are beginning to use federal funds to bolster their response to the novel coronavirus. The Crow Tribe announced they...

5/27/2020

article Osage Nation Creates Task Force To Administer Federal Relief Funds
(Oklahoma) -- The Osage Nation is forming a task force of tribal employees to oversee the spending of more than $28 million the nation received from the federal CARES...

5/26/2020

article Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief funding under a Treasury Department funding...

5/22/2020

article Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief funding under a Treasury Department funding...
article COLUMN: Relief fund targets families impacted most
(New Mexico) -- Indigenous people have a predisposition toward resilience that enables our communities to persevere for future generations, and we are testimony of this...

5/20/2020

article Wyoming tribes receive millions in coronavirus relief money from federal government
(Wyoming) -- The two Wyoming tribes have said they’ve received a combined $19 million in coronavirus relief funding from the federal government to help them as...

5/19/2020

article Report: ‘Grossly inaccurate’ data used to divvy up relief funds for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Treasury Department relied on “grossly inaccurate” data in deciding how to divvy up billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief...
article Harvard Study: Feds Miscalculated in Its Distribution of CARES Act Funds to Tribes
(Massachusetts) -- An study released Monday by three leading universities suggests the Trump administration miscalculated in its distribution of $4.8 billion to tribes...

5/18/2020

article Government miscalculates Colorado's American Indian population for stimulus, study says
(Colorado) -- An academic study released Monday suggests the federal government is using a flawed formula to distribute stimulus money to American Indian tribes. Money...

5/16/2020

article Wyoming House amend CARES funding bill to include tribal governments
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming House of Representatives adopted an amendment to House Bill 1001 during the special session Friday, May 8 that would make it possible for the...

5/14/2020

article Unwavering, American Indians Fight for Stimulus Funds
(Washington D.C.) -- In late April, Native American tribal governments won their litigation against the Treasury Department for CARES Act funds designated to them by...
article Tribal Appropriations and Provisions Included in House Democrats’ Phase 4 Proposal – the HEROES Act
(Washington D.C.) -- On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, House Democrats introduced H.R. 6800 – The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act,...

5/13/2020

article Federal judge says coronavirus aid to Native Americans not unreasonably delayed
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Treasury Department is not unreasonably delaying the release of coronavirus relief funding to Native American tribes, a federal judge ruled...
article How Alaska Native corps are helping Alaska Native communities cope with the pandemic
(Alaska) -- Koniag, the Alaska Native regional corporation for Kodiak island, was designed to be a for-profit company. Now, with the coronavirus threatening to disrupt...

5/12/2020

article 'We waited for weeks': Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief
(Washington D.C.) -- As tribal nations continue to fight for the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to them more than a month ago, Democrats in Congress are...
article Federal watchdog to investigate Trump official's role in distribution of coronavirus relief funds to tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The inspector general for the Department of Interior has launched an investigation into possible ethics violations by a senior Trump administration...
article Grant money, tribal allocations a lifeline for local day cares
(Oklahoma) -- The state of Oklahoma is allocating $50 million to assist families with child care, but there are stipulations on who can access it. This funding was...

5/11/2020

article White Earth awarded $20.6 million from Cares Act
(Minnesota) -- Wfter a five-week wait, the White Earth Nation received $20.6 million in federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act....
article Interior watchdog to probe why tribal stimulus was steered to corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior’s internal watchdog has kicked off a probe into whether a top official inappropriately tried to steer...

5/9/2020

article U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: White House dragged feet on vital aid for tribes
(New Mexico) -- Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it was distributing $4.8 billion of the $8 billion Congress allocated to tribal governments for a...

5/8/2020

article Injunction holds up $8B CARES Act Tribal allocation for Alaska Native corporations
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Treasury and Interior departments announced Tuesday they would begin disbursing part of an $8 billion tribal allocation for coronavirus relief funds...
press release Rep. Lujan: N.M. Delegation Introduces Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich led the New Mexico delegation, including U.S....

5/7/2020

article Coronavirus relief funds finally going out to Indian Country after long wait
(USA) -- The federal government has distributed about $3.4 billion in long-awaited coronavirus relief funds to tribal nations, according to a declaration filed in court...
article Treasury Begins Disbursing $4.8B To Native American Tribes
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Treasury announced Tuesday it has begun distributing $4.8 billion in relief funding to Native American tribal governments across the country, $600...
article DAVIDS: There needs to be a full distribution of the $8B
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, says tribal governments need funds from the CARES Act as soon as possible. Davids is a citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

5/6/2020

article 'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief
(Washington D.C.) -- Under fire in Indian Country, Congress and the courts, the Trump administration is finally releasing $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds promised...
article Native American tribes are suing the Trump administration over coronavirus aid. Here’s why
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribal governments, forced to lay off employees and increase expenses during the coronavirus pandemic, were promised $8 billion in...
article COVID-19 aid starts flowing to tribes after weeks of confusion
(Washington D.C.) -- After weeks of delay and confusion, the Trump administration has announced a plan to disburse coronavirus relief funds to tribal governments. The...
article 'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief
(Washington D.C.) -- Under fire in Indian Country, Congress and the courts, the Trump administration is finally releasing $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds promised...
article Over 55 congresspeople push to include tribal funding in next COVID-19 relief package
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK...

5/5/2020

article Feds lay out distribution of COVID-19 relief money to Native American tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt on Tuesday explained how billions of dollars in Coronavirus...
article Tribes begin to receive partial coronavirus stimulus funding after court battle
(Washington D.C.) -- The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it would begin distributing some of the coronavirus stimulus intended for Native American tribes,...
article Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief
(Washington D.C.) -- In an announcement on Tuesday morning, the Trump administration indeed announced the release of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to...
article Native tribes to start getting COVID-19 relief promised in March. But why the delay?
(Washington D.C.) -- Native tribes will start receiving billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief promised in March, the Treasury Department says. The federal Coronavirus...
article Trump admin. left Native Americans waiting for COVID-19 aid for 39 days
(Washington D.C.) -- Up until Monday, zero dollars had been dispersed to help Native American tribal communities. Rep. Holland, one of the two first Native American...
article Arizona Tribes Have Yet To Get Share Of $8B In Virus Relief Money
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Treasury Department has yet to send payments to tribal governments from a Coronavirus relief package approved in late March. The agency says it has...
article Tribes Receive Partial COVID Funds: Too Little, Too Late?
(New Mexico) -- Tribal communities now will begin receiving federal coronavirus relief funding, a week after the government missed a congressional deadline for...
press release President Donald J. Trump is Protecting the Native American Community as We Combat the Coronavirus
(Washington D.C.) -- COMBATING CORONAVIRUS IN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES: President Donald J. Trump is supporting Native American communities impacted by the...
press release Interior Official Responsible For Delaying Tribal Relief Funds Married To Lobbyist Applying for COVID Funds
(Montana) -- A top Interior Department official charged with overseeing the disbursement of direct emergency relief to tribes failed to disclose that she is married to a...
press release U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, Colleagues Push to Include Additional Funding for Tribal and Urban Indian Health Facilities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK...

5/4/2020

article Cantwell, Colleagues to Mnuchin: Disburse $8 Billion in Critical COVID-19 Relief to Tribal Governments Immediately
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in a letter urging Treasury...
article Tribes have yet to get share of $8B in virus relief money
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Treasury Department has not sent any payments to tribal governments from a coronavirus relief package approved in late March. The agency...
article Q&AZ: Are Native American Tribes Still Waiting For Federal Relief Funds?
(Arizona) -- Listeners asked Q&AZ whether Native American tribes are still waiting for relief funds from the federal government. The Treasury Department has not yet...

5/2/2020

article Cherokees, other tribes sue alleging unpaid COVID-19 relief
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation joined five other tribal governments in filing suit against the U.S. Department of the Treasury over the distribution of federal COVID-...
article Stimulus Update: Native Americans Sue for $8 Billion That Hasn't Been Sent
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of Native American tribes are suing the U.S. Treasury Department for failing to distribute the $8 billion mandated in the coronavirus...
article HUD Allocates A Second Round Of Relief Funds To Help Public Housing Residents, Staff
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on May 1 that it will provide a second round of emergency relief funding for eligible low-...
article Native Hawaiians Are Losing Out On Millions Of COVID-19 Dollars
(Hawaii) -- An ongoing battle over $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief money for America’s indigenous people is missing a key participant — Native...

5/1/2020

article Democrats In Congress Call For Payment Of Federal Aid To Tribal Governments
(Washington D.C.) -- Democrats in Congress requested payment of long-promised federal aid to Native American tribal governments this week. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks...
article Native American Tribes Sue Treasury Over Stimulus Aid as They Feud Over Funding
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of Native American tribes is suing the Treasury Department for failing to provide billions of dollars in coronavirus relief allocated for...
article Native tribes still haven’t received the stimulus relief money they were promised
(Washington D.C.) -- More than a month after the CARES Act was passed, the Treasury Department has yet to disburse $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds to Native...
article ICYMI: Judge blocks Trump from giving coronavirus relief for Native American communities to corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Monday from passing out coronavirus relief funds intended to help Native American communities to...
article Access to COVID-19 FEMA Funding for Tribal Governments
(Washington D.C.) -- When President Trump declared a national emergency due to the spread of COVID-19 on March 19, 2020, it activated eligible tribal, state, and local...

4/30/2020

article 'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action
(Washington D.C.) -- With yet another deadline looming, concerns are growing in Indian Country and on Capitol Hill about the fate of an $8 billion coronavirus relief...
article Native American and Alaska Native tribes are supposed to receive $8 billion in COVID-19 relief, but they haven't seen a cent yet
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal governments across the United States are still waiting on $8 billion in COVID-19 relief aid they were promised as part of the government'...
article Wisconsin Tribes Take Issue With Native Corporations That Are Eligible For $8B Coronavirus Relief
(Wisconsin) -- Around $8 billion has been set aside for direct payments to tribes nationwide under the federal government's coronavirus relief package, or CARES Act...
article Tribes Seek Fast Action In Getting Virus Funds
(Arizona) -- Tribes urged the federal government to quickly disburse coronavirus relief funding after a judge handed them an early victory in a case centered on who is...

4/28/2020

article Federal court blocks funding to corporations vying for tribal stimulus
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal court has blocked the Trump administration from giving stimulus funds to corporations owned by Alaska Natives, largely siding with tribes...
article Judge blocks companies from getting virus funds for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge in Washington, D.C., temporarily blocked for-profit Alaska companies from receiving any part of $8 billion in virus relief funds...
article Judge Sides With Native Tribes, Limits Distribution Of Coronavirus Relief
(Washington D.C.) -- A judge has ruled in favor of tribal nations in their bid to keep Alaska Native corporations from getting a share of $8 billion in coronavirus...
article Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration over its handling of an $8...
article Despite funds, lawmakers say tribes still shortchanged in COVID-19 aid
(Arizona) -- Native American tribes have been severely hit by the coronavirus but have received only a fraction of the help they need from the federal government, said...
article Tribes urge Treasury to disburse coronavirus relief funding
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes urged the federal government to quickly disburse coronavirus relief funding after a judge handed them an early victory in a case centered on...
article NAC: The Trump Administration’s COVID-19 relief plan
(Washington D.C.) -- As the COVID-19 crisis continues to expand, we’ll hear from key Trump Administration officials guiding federal health and economic relief for...
article Sen. Heinrich Calls for An Investigation into The Release of Sensitive Tribal Data
(Washington D.C.) -- One United States senator is calling for an investigation into the breach of sensitive tribal data that occurred on Friday, April 17, 2020. The...

4/27/2020

article A Judge Sided With Native American Tribes Challenging How The Trump Administration Is Handling Coronavirus Relief Money
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration cannot distribute coronavirus relief money intended to help Native American communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic...
article Federal Judge Blocks Treasury Dept. from Distributing CARES Relief Funds to Alaska Native Corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal district court judge ruled Monday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin cannot disburse any of the $8 billion of CARES Act relief funding...
article Judge Rules Treasury Must Stop Disbursing Virus-Relief Funds to Alaskan Native Corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge Monday blocked the Trump administration from distributing coronavirus emergency funds meant for Native American tribes to hundreds...
article Heinrich Calls For Probe Into Release Of Sensitive Tribal Data
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement calling for an investigation into the release of sensitive information that tribal...
article ‘It’s just always a battle’: Native nations still waiting for federal COVID-19 aid
(Minnesota) -- The federal government has distributed billions of dollars in coronavirus aid to individuals, businesses, states and cities in the past month. But many...

4/26/2020

article Federal Judge to Expected to Rule on Distribution of CARE Act Funds on Monday
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge is expected to rule on Monday whether or not Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) should be considered eligible for any of the $8...

4/25/2020

article SAT: Ruling Due Monday In Tribal Case Over Virus Relief Funding, + More
(Indian Country) -- A federal judge says he will issue a decision Monday on a request from tribal nations to temporarily halt the distribution of $8 billion in...
article White Earth Public Transit receives $511,558 grant
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Reservation Public Transit was awarded Federal Transit Administration funds from the CARES Act for Public Transportation on Indian...

4/24/2020

article Arizona tribes: Companies shouldn’t get tribal COVID-19 aid money
(Arizona) -- Several Native American nations and other tribal entities from Arizona have joined a lawsuit seeking to block the federal government from giving COVID-19...
article Judge to rule Monday on virus-relief funding for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge said he will issue a decision Monday on a request from tribal nations to temporarily halt the distribution of $8 billion in...
article Native American Tribes Say They’re At Risk Of Losing Out On Potentially Millions Of Coronavirus Stimulus Dollars
(Washington D.C.) -- Dozens of Native American tribal governments have raced to court in the past week to try to stop the Treasury Department from allowing for-profit...
article Navajo Nation joins lawsuit against federal government over coronavirus relief funding distribution
(Utah) -- With an outbreak of COVID-19 that rivals the worst hot spots in the country, the Navajo Nation, the hardest hit among the countries the 574 federally-...
article Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding
(Arizona) -- Several Native American tribes sued the federal government Friday, seeking to keep any of the $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief for tribes kept out...

4/23/2020

article Native American tribes have been hit hard by coronavirus. Now they're battling red tape to get help
(USA) -- Nathaniel Campbell has already dipped into his savings but isn’t sure how much longer his reserves will be able to support him. Furloughed from the...
article US position on tribal relief funds sets up court battle
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska Native corporations are eligible for a share of $8 billion in coronavirus funding for tribes, the U.S. Treasury Department said late Thursday...
article U.S. unsure it can meet deadline to disburse funds to tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Treasury Department said it’s unsure if it will be able to disburse $8 billion in coronavirus relief funding to Native American...
article Navajo Nation joins lawsuit against federal government over coronavirus relief funding distribution
(Utah) -- With an outbreak of COVID-19 that rivals the worst hot spots in the country, the Navajo Nation, the hardest hit among the countries the 574 federally...

4/22/2020

article Navajo Nation joins other tribes in lawsuit questioning COVID-19 relief funding
(Arizona) -- The President of the Navajo Nation said Wednesday that his Tribe has joined 10 other Native American tribes in a lawsuit against the United States Secretary...

4/21/2020

article Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money
(Washington D.C.) -- With just days left before an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is supposed to go out to Indian Country, the Trump administration has yet to decide...
article Sullivan defends inclusion of Alaska Native Corporations in CARES Act funding
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan is defending Alaska Native Corporations benefiting from the $2.2 trillion CARES ACT. The for-profit...

4/20/2020

article Tribes Sue to Halt Trump Plan for Channeling Emergency Funds to Alaska Native Corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders from across the country are calling for the U.S. Departments of Interior and Treasury to halt a proposed plan that could give as much...
article Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding
(Washington D.C.) -- Several Native American tribes sued the federal government Friday, seeking to keep any of the $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief for tribes...
article LEGAL BLOG: What the CARES Act Means for Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act was signed into law, setting in motion the distribution of funds and...

4/19/2020

article Native American Tribes File Suit Against U.S. Treasury Over $8 Billion in Coronavirus Relief to Keep Money From Going to Corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- Some Native American tribes whose livelihoods have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic filed suit against the U.S. Treasury on Friday in an...

4/18/2020

article Three Alaska tribes have joined lawsuit against the Treasury over $8B in Tribal funding
(Alaska) -- Akiak Native Community, Asa’cararmiut Tribe and Aleut Community of St. Paul Island joined two other Tribal governments in the Lower 48 and filed a...
article Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding
(Indian Country) -- Several Native American tribes sued the federal government Friday, seeking to keep any of the $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief for tribes...

4/17/2020

article Battle rages over $8 billion in coronavirus relief set aside for ‘Indian country’
(Washington D.C.) -- When Congress provided $8 billion in coronavirus aid to Native American tribal governments, it left it up to the Trump administration to figure how...
article Twitter fight erupts between Alaska politicians and Sen. Chuck Schumer over coronavirus relief cash
(Washington D.C.) -- The battle over whether for-profit Alaska Native corporations should get a slice of the $8 billion in coronavirus relief intended for U.S. tribes...
article Native American tribes suing over coronavirus cash
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans want their fair share of coronavirus cash. A half-dozen indigenous tribes, ranging from Alaska to Washington State to Maine, are...
article Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding
(Washington D.C.) -- Several Native American tribes sued the federal government Friday, seeking to keep any of the $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief for tribes...
article Tribes sue Treasury over recovery money for for-profit corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- Six Native American tribes are suing the Trump administration over plans to give for-profit Alaska Native corporations access to an $8 billion...
article Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Oppose CARES Act Funding For Alaska Native Corporations
(Wyoming) -- The massive federal relief package called the CARES Act includes an $8 billion tribal stabilization fund, meant to keep tribal governments afloat amid the...

4/16/2020

article 'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund
(Washington D.C.) -- Furor is growing among Indian nations in the lower 48 as the Trump administration refuses to change course on what the leader of one of the largest...
article Tribes Aren’t Getting COVID-19 Aid Because Federal Agencies Are Flailing
(Washington D.C.) -- Weeks after Congress passed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, Native American tribes still aren’t getting badly needed aid because...
article Trump Interior official helped clear way for payments to ex-employer
(Washington D.C.) -- A high-ranking Interior Department official is under fire over her role in securing access to billions of dollars in coronavirus aid for a handful...
article With corporations vying for tribal stimulus, some call for resignation of head of Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- A Department of Interior decision to allow tribal-owned corporations in Alaska to receive stimulus funding intended for tribes has exposed a rift in...
article ICYMI: Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- With a major assist from the Trump administration, Alaska Native corporations are poised to claim a large share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief...
article Indian Country Organizations Letter
(Washington D.C.) -- Every major inter-tribal organization, representing all regions of Indian Country in the lower 48, has joined an unprecedented letter calling on the...
article Tribes question relief funds for Alaska Native corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American leaders are raising questions about how $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief for tribes will be distributed, with some arguing...
article Tribes want to exclude Alaska Native corporations from $8 billion coronavirus fund
(Alaska) -- Congress allocated $8 billion for tribes in its $2.2 trillion coronavirus response bill. Alaska’s Congressional delegation says the CARES Act clearly...
article South Dakota tribe plans to file injunction over CARES Act funding
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota American Indian tribe plans to file an injunction against the U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Interior in regard...
article Some Tribes Might Miss Out On Federal Funds Because Of Tight Deadline
(Alaska) -- A deadline for tribes to apply for federal funding is coming up at the end of the week, and Calista Corporation worries that tribal leaders don’t have...

4/15/2020

article Lower 48 tribal leaders angry that Alaska Native corporations will share in coronavirus relief funds for tribes
(Indian Country) -- A group of tribal leaders from North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska is calling for the removal of Tara Sweeney from the position of assistant...
article It's a Bust for Gaming Rooms Betting on Small Business Loans
(California) -- It’s been a bust for California’s gaming industry betting on federal stimulus dollars to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Club One Casino...

4/14/2020

article COVID Grant for Nnee Bich’o Nii Apache Transit
(Arizona) -- Nnee Bich’o Nii Apache Transit is a symbol of reliability and safety in the communities of Safford, Bylas, San Carlos, Globe and everywhere in between...

4/13/2020

article NEWLAND: COVID Relief Funds Must Go To Tribal Governments. Fairly.
(Michigan) -- Congress passed the CARES Act into law two weeks ago: the largest one-time infusion of money into the American economy in history. The CARES Act provides...
article NIGA Statement Concerning Distributions to Alaska Native Corporations
(Washington D.C.) -- Dear Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Bernhardt, and Assistant Secretary Sweeney: The National Indian Gaming Association, with over 150 Tribal Nations...
article Tribes Push Back on Potential Inclusion of Alaska Native Corporations in CARES Act Funding for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes and tribal advocates are pushing back against the notion that Alaska Native Corporations (ANC) should receive some of the $8 billion...
article Coronavirus aid coming to Minnesota tribal nations — they just don't know how much
(Minnesota) -- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, set aside $8 billion to help tribal nations respond to the coronavirus pandemic, but...
article Northern, Stone Child, Aaniiih Nakoda receiving pandemic emergency funding
(Montana) -- Montana’s U.S. senators have announced that Montana universities and colleges, including the Havre, Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap institutions, are...

4/12/2020

article Tribes and Alaska Native corporations? Dividing $8 billion
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government is moving quickly to transfer $8 billion to tribes. So fast in fact that it’s reopening an old question: Should Alaska...

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