The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is laying off 118 people after running out of federal money for many programs due to the federal government shutdown.
The furloughs represent about seven percent of tribal employees.
Oglala Sioux President Bryan Brewer says the temporary layoffs will hurt programs that provide meals to older people, prevent suicide, care for children removed from their homes and help people with heating bills.
Brewer says in addition to the layoffs, many other tribal employees will see their paychecks cut because they will work fewer hours. He says even if the government shutdown ends soon, it will take a month or more to get federal funding to restore the programs.
Other American Indian tribes around the nation have already furloughed employees for crucial programs.
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