COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Trump administration official who oversees the department with the most trust and treaty responsibilities has tested positive for COVID-19.
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Due to rising regional and national COVID-19 cases, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian, will temporarily close to the public.
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host a virtual event November 11, 2020, to mark the completion of the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

A dispute over $8 billion in COVID-19 relief continues, with tribes pursuing an appeal in hopes of preventing Alaska Native corporations from gaining shares of the fund.

The National Congress of American Indians continues to believe that Congress intended for Title V CARES Act funding to be distributed to Indian tribal governments.

'Alaska has a unique history of tribal self-governance and Native self-determination,' said Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka.

'The ANCSA Regional Association and Alaska Native Village Corporation Association applaud the D.C. District Court’s Decision to uphold the Alaska Native Regional and Village Corporation’s right to receive much-needed funding from Title V of the CARES Act.'

A federal judge on June 26, 2020, sided with the Trump administration, holding that Alaska Native corporations are eligible for shares of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

The Trump administration on June 17, 2020, filed a notice in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin, announcing distribution of an additional $679 million from the coronavirus relief fund.

'I want the members to know that I will do all that I can to make sure the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation gets what is due, including this next distribution,' says Chairman Joseph Rupnick.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation on June 15, 2020, filed a notice of appeal in its CARES Act lawsuit against the Trump administration.

A federal judge on June 15, 2020, ordered the Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin to distribute the remainder of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund to tribes

A federal judge will hold a hearing in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin at 9:30am Eastern on June 15, 2020.

With the coronavirus continuing to ravage tribal communities, a court hearing at 1pm Eastern on June 12, 2020, brings the focus back to one of the most heated and divisive issues in recent Indian Country history.

The Trump administration says it has worked 'long hours, including nights and weekends,' in order to distribute the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribes more than two months ago.

A hearing in Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation v. Mnuchin takes place via teleconference at 3pm Eastern on June 11, 2020.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its handling of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

Tribes in a lawsuit against the Trump administration are once again calling for the distribution of the money remaining in the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund by an "immediate and definitive date."

The Trump administration will be delaying payments from the second round of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund that was promised to tribes more than two months ago.

The Trump administration might not distribute the remaining $3.2 billion in coronavirus relief funds to tribes next week as originally promised.