ANCs Ruled Eligible for CARES Act Money

Here is the order in Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

97 DCT Order

Materials here.

Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment in CARES Act Suit

Here are the new pleadings in Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

76-2 CRST MSJ

77 Chehalis MSJ

78-1 Alaska Corps MSJ

79-1 Mnuchin MSJ

81 AFN Brief

82 NCAI Amicus Brief

Federal Court Enjoins Treasury from Disbursing CARES Act Funds to ANCs (for now)

Here is the order in Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

36 DCT Order

Case tag here.

Chehalis v. Mnuchin Press Release issued by the Tulalip Tribes and the Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation_

Updated Briefs in Chehalis v. Mnuchin [updated again]

Here are updated materials in Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.)::

21 US Brief

23 Ahtna Amicus Brief

25 Gila River Amicus Brief

30 Chehalis Reply

Case tag here.

UPDATES–

Here is the complaint in Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

1 Complaint

5 Motion for TRO

Here are the materials in Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

3 Complaint

4 Motion for TRO

 

Amicus Briefs in CARES Act/ANC Matter [Chehalis]

Here are updated materials in Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

18 Alaska Native Village Corporation Association Amicus Brief Motion

18-1 Amicus Brief

20 NCAI Amicus Brief

Prior posts here.

Amended Complaint in CARES Act/ANC Suit [New Tribes Added]

Here is the pleading in Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

7 First Amended Complaint

Prior posts here.

Motion for TRO/Preliminary Injunction in CARES Act Suit

Here is the motion in Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

3 Motion for TRO

Complaint here.

Responses to ANC’s Accessing the Corona Virus Relief Funds Intended for Tribal Governments

ETA: Yakima Nation: Letter_YN_US_Removal of Tara Sweeney (4.17.20)

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Indian Country Today Coverage

Senator Udall: 2020-04-14 LETTER Treasury DOI CARES Act Title V Relief Fund Congressional Intent

Title V of the CARES Act limits eligibility for the Tribal portion of the CRF specifically to Tribal governments to ensure parity between states, territories, and Tribes. A Tribal government is the recognized governing body of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe that has a political relationship with the federal government; the law acknowledges this sovereign status and refers to Tribal governments alongside states and other units of local government throughout Title V. 1 Thus, the letter and the spirit of Title V’s purpose – to provide economic stabilization of state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments impacted by COVID-19 so that they can continue essential government services – supports this conclusion. Non-governmental Tribal entities may well warrant relief under other CARES Act programs, but this funding in this title was intended for Tribal governments and should not be diverted. Any other interpretation would be contrary to congressional intent and an affront to the Indian canon of statutory construction that requires statutes to be construed favorably to Tribes’ benefit.

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association: GPTCA Letter Sweeney (V. 3)

We write to request that you call upon President Trump to remove Tara Sweeney as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. She has lost the confidence of Indian tribes. Charged with a large public trust, she unfairly sought to divert emergency Tribal Government resources to state-chartered, for-profit corporations owned by Alaska Native shareholders, including her and her family.

Further, she seeks to deny the very existence of Indian country. Alaska Natives know that the Alaska Native villages are tribal governments; state chartered Alaska Native corporations (“ANCs”) are not. Alaska Native village leaders, tribal government leaders, often clash with the ANC Corporate leaders because the corporations do not provide revenues to the tribal governments. We see it at our national meetings.

Chehalis Tribe et al v. Mnuchin Complaint for Injunctive Relief re ANCs and Relief Funds [Federal District Court D.C.]

Here.

Plaintiffs Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation (“Chehalis”), Tulalip Tribes (“Tulalip”), Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (“Houlton Band”), Akiak Native Community (“Akiak”), Asa’carsarmiut Tribe (“Asa’carsarmiut”) and Aleut Community of St. Paul Island (“ACSPI”), federally recognized Indian Tribal governments