Without an extension, the corporations have just three more weeks to find an authorized way to spend the money, and in some cases they’re running into a spending logjam.
Every tribe, even if it has just a few members and an administrator, was eligible for at least $2.64 million in American Rescue Plan funds.
For the tribes, it’s about guarding their sovereignty as governments.
While the CARES Act was big, with an $8 billion fund for tribal governments nationwide, the American Rescue Plan has $20 billion for tribes.
The decision is a blow to tribes leery of any delegation of their self-governance powers. Three Alaska tribes were among the plaintiffs in the case: the Akiak Native Community, Asa’carsarmiut Tribe of Mountain Village and the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island.
Republicans in Congress say they’ve reached a final agreement on their tax bill, and it appears to include a prize the Alaska delegation has sought for years: opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
The decision caps a public campaign asking for the change and months of deliberation by the Treasury.