Alaska Natives Accuse Feds of Using Pandemic to Silence Public

Few Alaska Natives in the Arctic Circle have reliable cellphone service, let alone internet access. And many say the Trump administration is using that — and the Covid-19 pandemic — to keep them from voicing their disapproval of mining and drilling projects that will destroy their way of life.

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Tribes Balk at Inclusion of Alaska Native Corporations in Virus-Relief Fund

Six tribes brought a federal complaint Friday to stop the Trump administration from letting 230 construction companies, military contractors and other for-profit entities in Alaska collect from the $8 billion coronavirus-relief fund meant exclusively for Native Americans.

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