FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge says he will issue a decision Monday on a request from tribal nations to temporarily halt the distribution of $8 billion in coronavirus relief funding.
State and local governments started getting direct payments this week, but tribal governments have not received any money set aside for them.
More than a dozen tribes have sued the U.S. Treasury Department to keep Alaska Native corporations from getting a share of the funding.
The Treasury Department says the corporations are eligible.
The tribes and the department disagree on a definition of “Indian Tribe” that's included in the CARES Act.