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Posted: April 22, 2020


April 22, 2020

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe files injunction on the $8B Tribal Set Aside in CARES Act

Eagle Butte, SD – On April 22, 2020, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe filed a Joint Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction against Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. The Tribes are unequivocally demanding that Secretary Mnuchin be enjoined from including ANCs in the distribution of the $8B CARES Act set-aside for Tribal governments.

Despite strong and well-reasoned arguments for an equitable distribution of the $8 billion for tribes in the CARES Act, the US Interior Department, in particular Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs (ASIA) Tara Sweeney, is recommending a grossly unfair allocation plan to the US Treasury Department. Of the $8 billion tribal set aside authorized in Title V of the CARES Act, ASIA Sweeney is recommending that nearly half, $3-4 billion, should be allocated to Alaska Native Corporations. Ms. Sweeney is an Alaska Native and a former employee of an Alaska Regional Corporation. 

According to the last US Census, Alaskan Natives have a population of approximately 106,660, which is only 1.5% of the more than 6.7 million Native Americans living in the US today. Alaska Native Corporations constitute a minority of the indigenous population in the United States, Alaska Native Corporations are NOT tribes. Alaska Native Corporations are state chartered “for-profit” corporations. The revenue they generate does NOT employ large numbers of tribal citizens or local economies.  The United States does not recognize Alaska Native Corporations and Congress did not intend for corporations to be eligible for relief funds designed to assist government institutions. They should NOT reap the benefits of the CARES Act in such a substantial way.  


Released under the authority of 

Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Harold C. Frazier

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