COVID-19 in Indian Country
“NCAI looks forward to continuing our work representing tribal governments and working with Alaska Native Corporations, tribal partners, and other allies to ensure that the United States meets its treaty obligations and its trust responsibilities to moving forward,” said President Fawn Sharp.
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"This case was never about the funds. Instead, it was about upholding tribal sovereignty and the status of federally-recognized tribes," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in response to a long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court decision.
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"ARA and ANVCA are committed to building greater understanding about the critical roles ANCs play in the lives of Alaska Native people, and we stand ready to unite with Indian Country to better serve all of our Indigenous communities," two Alaska Native corporation organizations said.

Judge Amit P. Mehta is holding a hearing in Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen, an ongoing CARES Act lawsuit, at 2pm Eastern on April 22, 2021.
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On Monday, April 19, 2021, the Ute Indian Tribe presented arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the distribution of CARES Act funds to federally recognized tribal governments.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has published the transcript in Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, a dispute over COVID-19 funding in Indian Country. 
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"For decades now, Alaska Native people have relied on ANCs to provide access to education, health, housing, and economic support," Alaska Native corporation organizations said following a U.S. Supreme Court hearing.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a long-running COVID-19 dispute.
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A federal judge will hold a status conference in Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen, formerly known as Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin, on February 17, 2021.

A federal judge recently issued two orders in Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin, an ongoing dispute over COVID-19 relief for tribal governments.

Alaska Native corporations are asking the nation's highest court to determine if they can receive shares of $8 billion in COVID-19 relief.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) took part in a panel at the National Tribal Health Conference with tribal leaders and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York).

“Tribal Nations prepaid for our healthcare," Walker River Paiute Tribe Chairwoman Amber Torres said. "Our Treaties require the federal government to fund our people’s care for the next seven generations and beyond."

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) announced he tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, on October 2, 2020.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced he tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in a post on social media on October 2, 2020.

The Native American Journalists Association developed this reporting guide as a tool for newsrooms reporting on Indian Country.

Watch a replay of the historic U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

The U.S. Supreme Court has posted the transcript in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

With the U.S. Supreme Court taking up one of the most consequential Indian law cases in decades, please join Indianz.Com for an experimental chat on YouTube!

The National Constitution Center will hold a panel discussion on McGirt v. Oklahoma on May 11, 2020.