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Supreme Court Will Review Alaska Native Pandemic Funding Cases

Jan. 8, 2021, 11:23 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases over whether certain Alaskan indigenous groups are entitled to a cut of the billions of dollars Congress provided for tribal governments during the pandemic.

The cases center on whether Alaska Native Corporations—state-chartered corporations that Congress created in order to get money and land to Alaska Natives—qualify for a portion of the billions reserved for tribal governments to spend on pandemic-related expenses under Title V of the CARES Act (Public Law 116-136). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit previously held that Alaska Native Corporations weren’t ...