Native Tribes Already Feeling the Effects of Government Shutdown

Transportation and elder home care have already been suspended for Montana's Crow Tribe, which saw half of its employed members furloughed due to the government shutdown.

By Von Diaz Oct 03, 2013

As Colorlines previously reported, the government shutdown–now in its third day–disproportionately affects communities of color. And one particularly under-resourced community is already feeling the effects. 

According to an article by the Associated Press, the Crow Tribe in Montana has been seriously affected by the shutdown. Of the 13,000 members of the tribe, 300 have been furloughed, which is about half of its employees. Transportation systems have also been suspended as a result, as has home health care for seniors. And like many other communities nationwide, there are concerns about federally funded nutritional and educational programs that these communities rely on. 

Some tribes are able to weather the shutdown by drawing from their reserves, but these temporary cuts remain worrisome since other federal cuts were approved earlier this year. 

(h/t Associated Press