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Jonodev Chaudhuri featured in “Feds’ Plan For Tribal COVID-19 Funding Poses Problems”

Law360

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But that additional distribution may not fully address the economic losses to tribes, which rely on their businesses to fund government services, or recognize their status as economic engines in their communities, said Jonodev Chaudhuri, chair of Quarles & Brady LLP's Indian law and policy group and former chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission .

And the overall fund is itself far short of making up for the damage to tribal business from the pandemic, including the effect on some $34 billion in yearly gross revenues from tribal gaming alone, he added.

"$8 billion is an important start, but it still doesn't completely capture the lost economic impact that Indian Country and Indian Country's neighbors are currently suffering," said Chaudhuri, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

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