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Posted: May 26, 2020

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A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to submit another status report about its efforts to distribute the rest of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments.

Judge Amit P. Mehta requested the update from the Department of the Treasury earlier on May 26, 2020. It’s due by the end of the day.

“Defendant shall submit an additional Status Report by May 26, 2020, updating the court on its efforts to disburse the remaining 40% of Title V funds to Tribal governments,” the order reads.

Treasury submitted a status report to Mehta on May 22. It did not contain much information, beyond that which had already been provided to the court and to tribes.

“Pursuant to the Court’s May 19, 2020, Minute Order, Defendant hereby offers this supplemental status report on its progress toward paying the remaining $3.2 billion of the $8 billion set aside for Tribal governments under Title V of the CARES Act,” the two-paragraph update began.

“Defendant is implementing the plan that it previously articulated to the Court. Consistent with that plan, the portal is now open for Tribal governments to submit their data,” the report reads. “The Tribal governments were notified by email, with a link to the portal. The deadline for data submission is Tuesday, May 26, 2020.”

Tribes have until 11:59pm Alaska time on May 26 to submit employment and expenditure information to Treasury. The data will be used to determine how to allocate the remaining $3.2 billion. 

The case is Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin, Case No. 1:20-cv-1136.

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