Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01)
June 16, 2020
Albuquerque, N.M. – U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (NM-01), Co Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and Ruben Gallego (Ariz.-07), Chairman of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. tweeted the following statements after a U.S. District Judge ruled that the U.S. Treasury Department must release more than $600 million in CARES Act emergency funding intended for Tribal governments.
.@RepRubenGallego & I rang the alarm about the Treasury’s failure to adminster CARES Act funds to Tribes months ago. Sovereign Nations shouldn’t have to fight for money that Congress approves, ever. It’s shameful that a judge has to force the Treasury to do their job. https://t.co/e4LDfgB5Ye
— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) June 16, 2020
.@RepDebHaaland and I urged all CARES Act funding to be released months ago. It’s unconscionable that it has required judicial action to force @USTreasury to stop playing political games with desperately needed Tribal relief dollars. https://t.co/cTqDAeHSFW
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) June 16, 2020
The CARES Act included an $8 billion fund to ensure sovereign tribal governments have the resources needed during the coronavirus pandemic and cover expenditures associated with the public health emergency. However, the distribution of those funds was delayed because multiple lawsuits resulted from the Administration’s flawed distribution approach and attempts to award Tribal relief funding to corporations – a decision that tribal governments across the country opposed. The U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia issued a decision on April 27 to place a temporary injunction from releasing funds to Alaska Native Corporations until a final decision is rendered.
In April, Haaland and Gallego, led the call for the Department of Treasury to immediately release CARES Act funding after they heard from Tribes that they had not received the funding.