Supreme Court docket Sides With Alaskan Natives in Dispute Over Coronavirus Support


Judge Sotomayor disagreed on how to interpret the wording and gave “an example with the same syntax” as the 1975 law.

“One restaurant advertises ’50 percent off any meat, vegetable or seafood dishes, including ceviche that is cooked, ‘” she wrote. “Suppose a customer orders ceviche, a Peruvian specialty made from raw fish, marinated in citrus juice. Would she expect it to be cooked? No. Would she expect to pay full price for it? Again no. “

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Judges Stephen G. Breyer, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett shared the overall views of Judges Sotomayor and Judges Samuel A. Alito Jr.

In contrast, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch wrote that companies do not meet the legal definition because they are not recognized as tribes.

He took up the ceviche comparison and called it “a bit of an understatement”.

“Perhaps the restaurant uses heat to cook its ceviche – many chefs lightly poach lobster, shrimp, squid, or clams before using them in ceviche,” he wrote, citing a newspaper article. “Perhaps the restaurant wanted to speak of ceviche as ‘cooked’ in the sense of ‘fish …’ cooked ‘by marinating in a sour dressing’ like lime juice,” he continued, citing another article.

Judges Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan joined Judge Gorsuch’s disagreement in the Yellen v. Confederate Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation No. 20-543.

In a statement, two associations of local companies welcomed the decision. “Alaska’s economy is only now beginning to recover,” the statement said, “and these funds are needed to help our communities get back on their feet.”

Mark Walker contributed to the coverage.