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Minnesota tribes ask for more autonomy with CARES Act funding


Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa member Taysha Martineau of Cloquet raises a fist Thursday during a rally at the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior demanding justice for George Floyd, who died in the custody of the Minneapolis police. (Clint Austin /

ST. PAUL - After weeks of waiting for delayed federal dollars from Congress's CARES Act to help amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaders of Minnesota's Native American tribes say they wish their allocations didn't come with so many strings attached.

On a Wednesday, June 24 virtual meeting, leaders of Minnesota's 11 tribal nations said they felt left behind earlier this spring as the federal government began allocating billions in federal aid to local and state governments throughout the country. Congress in the massive bill passed in March approved $8 billion to be allocated to tribal nations, but because of apparent confusion, tribes didn't begin seeing their money until May.

Leaders on Wednesday's call said the long delay was disastrous: Regular revenue streams dried because of coronavirus-related closures, and tribes still had to make their usual bills - plus new expenses due to new COVID-19-related demands.


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