Stressing that the ANCs are not the same as federally recognized tribal governments in terms of sovereign and treaty rights to jurisdiction and benefits, Mehta nonetheless noted that it is common practice for federal agencies to distribute native program money through the corporations. The 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act established the regional corporations solely to administer land and financial claims filed by tribes and members in the largest U.S. state, not to govern in other aspects reserved to the total 574 federally recognized tribal governments. “The court addresses plaintiffs’ concern that deeming ANCs eligible for Title 5 funding will enact a sea-change in tribal law,” Mehta’s opinion reads. “The court’s ruling in no way elevates ANCs to ‘super-tribal status,’ as the Confederated Tribes plaintiffs maintain, nor does it allow ANCs to ‘compete’ with federally recognized tribes in any other context, as the Cheyenne River Sioux plaintiffs fear,” Mehta said. “The court’s decision simply recognizes that ANCs are eligible for CARES Act funds, as Congress intended—no more, no less.” He ruled earlier that the court cannot control a department’s discretional allocation formula.
A federal judge has handed the Trump administration a major #Coronavirus win, ruling that Alaska Native corporations are entitled to shares of an $8 billion #COVID19 relief fund. But tribes aren't accepting defeat. #CARESAct #CoronavirusReliefFund https://t.co/QqSqVrHAlD— indianz.com (@indianz) June 29, 2020
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