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Arizona Tribes Have Yet To Get Share Of $8B In Virus Relief Money

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The U.S. Treasury Department has yet to send payments to tribal governments from a Coronavirus relief package approved in late March.

The agency says it has not determined how to allocate $8 billion in funding that was set aside for tribes.

Treasury Department officials said they would post details about the status of the relief package on its website, but nothing appeared as of Monday.

The Treasury Department is being sued by tribes who are seeking to keep the money out of the hands of Alaska Native corporations—which are not always comprised of Native Alaskans…but sometimes a mix of Indigenous people and white people.

The tribes and the federal government disagree over the definition of “Indian Tribe” that was included in the relief package.

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