US high court to hear case on virus relief for tribes
January 13, 2021
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that centers on who gets a share of $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief allocated for Native American tribes.
Lower courts split on whether Alaska Native corporations, which own most Native land in the state under a 1971 settlement, should be in the mix. The U.S. Treasury Department sought review from the high court after a federal appeals court ruled in September that the corporations aren't eligible.
The Treasury Department said if the decision stands, the corporations will lose out on "hundreds of millions of dollars"...