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Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Emeritus


This study dissects the US Department of the Treasury’s formula for distributing first-round CARES Act funds to Indian Country. The Department has indicated that its formula is intended to allocate relief funds based on tribes’ populations, but the research team behind this report finds that Treasury has employed a population data series that produces arbitrary and capricious “over-” and “under-representations” of tribes’ enrolled citizens.


Akee, Randall K.Q., Eric C. Henson, Miriam R. Jorgensen, and Joseph P. Kalt. "Dissecting the US Treasury Department’s Round 1 Allocations of CARES Act COVID-19 Relief Funding for Tribal Governments." May 2020.