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The Choctaw Nation is giving its members $2,000 apiece in universal basic income from stimulus funds. Other tribes are trying similar things.

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Across a handful of Native American tribes, stimulus checks are still rolling in.

The Choctaw Nation announced last week it will use funding from the American Rescue Plan to send additional relief payments, essentially a fourth stimulus check for its members. The Choctaw Nation isn’t the only tribe to send a fourth round of checks out; at least three other tribes have announced similar payment programs.

The payments practically serve as a new experiment with universal basic income. Instead of using federal funds for more specific relief programs like unemployment benefits, the tribe is betting that sweeping financial details ⇒

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