U.S. Judges Grapple With Coronavirus Aid Distribution For Tribes

  • Hearing on aid for tribes may have raised more questions than answers
  • Tribes may be ready to move on from internecine dispute
  • Indian casino employees could skew CARES Act distribution count

Even after a hearing lasting more than 90 minutes, a panel of three judges in Washington, D.C. still seemed puzzled about how federal funds should be distributed to help tribes cope with COVID-19 in Alaska and the lower 48 states.

“We’re (in) kind of a mess here on who fits within this and who is not within it,” U.S. Circuit Judge Patricia Millett of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said during the hearing on Friday.

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