The ANCSA Regional Association and the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) issued the following in their statement on the appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States:
"The ANCSA Regional Association and Alaska Native Village Corporation Association vowed that we would continue to fight for the critical relief assistance our people need to survive this pandemic. Today, as we file a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States, we have made good on that promise to our Alaska Native brothers and sisters.
The lower court’s decision also undoes nearly five decades of legal precedent treating Alaska Natives and Native Americans in the lower 48 fairly and equally. When Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) in 1971 it mandated that ‘Alaska Natives shall remain eligible for all Federal Indian programs on the same basis as other Native Americans.’ Furthermore, the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) definition of ‘Indian tribe’ has always been understood to authorize ANC participation. Congress carefully worded of Title V of the CARES Act to mirror ISDEAA, making it clear that it intended to render ANCs eligible for CARES Act relief funds."