Native American Tribes File Suit Against U.S. Treasury Over $8 Billion in Coronavirus Relief to Keep Money From Going to Corporations
April 20, 2020
Some Native American tribes whose livelihoods have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic filed suit against the U.S. Treasury on Friday in an attempt to ensure that $8 billion in relief funds would go directly to tribal governments and not to Alaska Native corporations. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was named in the legal documents as the defendant.
Six tribes filed the suit jointly, including the Tulalip Tribes and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation in Washington State. The Akiak Native Community, the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island and the Asa'carsarmiut Tribe of Alaska were also named as plaintiffs, as was Maine's Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.