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Ruling due Monday in tribal case over virus relief funding

Gov. Whitmer signed an executive directive Thursday affirming commitment to the sovereignty and right of self-governance of Michigan's federally recognized tribes. (MGN/Pixabay Image)
Gov. Whitmer signed an executive directive Thursday affirming commitment to the sovereignty and right of self-governance of Michigan's federally recognized tribes. (MGN/Pixabay Image)(WLUC)
Published: Apr. 26, 2020 at 1:33 PM AKDT
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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.

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