High court favors Alaska Native Corps getting CARES Act funds


 In a case that pitted Lower 48 Native American tribes against Alaska Native corporations, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the corporations, saying they will be able to receive Covid-19 relief funds.

By a vote of 6 to 3 on Friday, the  high court confirmed that the Native corporations, are the same as Indian tribes as defined by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. As such, they are entitled to funds from the CARES Act.

“The court today affirms what the federal government has maintained for almost half a century: ANCs are Indian tribes under ISDA,” Sotomayor wrote in the 28-page ruling in Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation. “For that reason, they are Indian tribes under the CARES Act and eligible for Title V funding.”

As a result, the corporations are entitled to receive up to $500 million that had been allotted to them under the CARES Act, passed by Congress in March 2020. 

“This decision means Alaska Native corporations will be treated fairly when it comes to accessing federal CARES Act funding,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. “We applaud the court’s balanced and even-handed ruling regarding economic relief funding to these entities.”


  1. Some of the worst cases of embezzlement, graft and corruption go on in these corporations. The government is throwing money around like there is no tomorrow… and maybe they are right.

  2. Ok so they are tribes now and get more federal money. Nice work, natives. You’re working well toward the future way to set an example for your young ones and prosper.

  3. When are these billion dollar Native Corporations…errr, tribes that are receiving handout from the Federal Government going to start taking care of their tribal members? More than half of the homeless, drug and alcoholic addicts wandering the streets are tribal members of these billion dollar Native Corporations…errr, tribes. It’s past time for these billion dollar Native Corporations…errr, tribes to step up and help make their tribal members whole.

  4. Alaska Native Corporations that control $$billions? How do they even come close to being compared to Lower 48 tribes that run bingo halls and sell turquoise to tourists?

  5. Lets all try and remember how many people of all walks of life that are employed by the Regional Corporations and then think about how many are employed by the Village Corporations that have ALL been impacted by COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS! You are welcome.

  6. These corporations are true to their own, selfish leftist democrooks. They care nothing about common people. More money for them not us.

  7. Several of you voicing complaints about us getting CARES Act funding sound like you were disenfranchised by your own people and never got your slice of the pie. Not our fault you got kicked to the curb.

  8. That’s 500 million which will mostly be spent in Alaska, buying stuff, and services, so your employer can continue to afford paying you.

  9. GIVE A MAN a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for his life time. — Italian proverb

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