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'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes


Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, second from left, and Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin Parrish, far left, participate in a COVID-19 donation distribution on the New Mexico portion of the reservation on May 29, 2020. Photo: Navajo Nation Office of President and Vice President

It was a federal judge's mistake but it forced the Trump administration into disclosing the troubles tribes are facing as they seek the COVID-19 funds they were promised two months ago.

In a court filing on Tuesday, the Department of the Treasury admitted that its efforts to distribute $3.2 billion in coronavirus relief weren't going so well. As of noon that day, the vast majority of tribes hadn't been able to submit the information needed to secure shares of the much-needed funds, just hours before the deadline was set to close.

"We had difficulty submitting our data, as the Treasury Department portal would not accept our documents," President Bryan Newland of the Bay Mills Indian Community said.


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