Bloomberg Tax
Jan. 8, 2021, 11:23 PM

Supreme Court Will Review Alaska Native Pandemic Funding Cases

Aysha Bagchi
Aysha Bagchi

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 ...