Chugach Alaska Corporation (Chugach) stands with the ANCSA Regional Association (ARA) and Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) to applaud the D.C. District Court's Decision to uphold the Alaska Native Regional and Village Corporation's right to receive much-needed funding from Title V of the CARES Act. This disaster assistance will provide immediate support to Alaska's rural communities suffering from COVID-19 and help repair the economic damage caused by the pandemic.

In addition to granting the funding, the Court’s decision also reaffirms the Alaska Native status as “Indians” under the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act, and as defined by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) that was signed into law nearly 50 years ago. Chugach and all Alaska Native Corporations are proud of the cultural and tribal identities that define us, and we work tirelessly to support tens of thousands of Alaska Natives every day.

Chugach, ARA and ANVCA look forward to working together with other Native organizations to solve the problems and challenges brought on by COVID-19. We continue to believe that when Indian Country, Alaska Native corporations and Villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations align as one, our ability to serve our people is powerful.

The provides comprehensive information on the background of this issue, and the stance and position of the unify Alaska Native community that argued for this historic decision.

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