Alaska Tells Justices Alaska Native Cos. Owed Virus Funding

Law360 (November 5, 2020, 8:48 PM EST) -- Alaska asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to find that Alaska Native corporations deserve a share of $8 billion in funding for tribes to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the state isn't in a position to "pick up the tab" if the federal government isn't allowed to deliver the CARES Act funds to ANCs.

A D.C. Circuit panel had ruled in September that the state-chartered companies don't qualify as "Indian tribes" under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, saying the panel was "confident" that if any Alaska Natives who don't belong to a federally recognized tribe need pandemic-related health...

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