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Judge: US not unreasonably delaying virus relief for tribes

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Posted at 9:20 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 00:20:05-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge says the U.S. Treasury Department is not unreasonably delaying the release of coronavirus relief funding to Native American tribes.

The department is tasked with disbursing $8 billion to tribes that was included in a relief package approved in late March.

Payments didn't start going out until more than a week after the April 26 deadline set by Congress.

Despite that, the federal judge rejected an assertion that the Treasury secretary was "twiddling his thumbs.''

The judge's ruling comes in a case tribal nations filed against the federal government to force the release of the entire $8 billion.