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Kiowa Tribe CARES Act Fund Disbursement Halted

Appeals Officer Shannon Edwards with the Code of Federal Regulations Court in Anadarko granted a preliminary injunction against the Kiowa Tribe, barring them from using any of their nearly $20 million CARES Act funds until a budget is passed and approved by the council.

Kiowa tribal chairman Matthew Komalty faces impeachment on Thursday by a seven-member legislative branch over his handling of CARES Act funding, as well as wrongful termination of Kiowa gaming employees, failing to go through the proper process for the annual tribal audit and more.

Komalty says the allegations are a "misrepresentation of accuracy."

A post on the Kiowa Tribe's Facebook page says the executive branch will be appealing the ruling.

Allison Herrera covered Indigenous Affairs for KOSU from April 2020 to November 2023.
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