Government Shutdown—Already Affecting The Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Federal Agencies and Lame Deer Public Schools
The atmosphere in the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Chambers on October 2nd, 2013 was subdued. Acting Tribal President Winfield Russell met with Tribal Program Directors to discuss the effects of the Government ―Shut Down‖ on the Northern Cheyenne Tribe which relies heavily upon the Federal Government to provide services and pro-grams.
―The Tribal Administration and tribal Council have been meeting to prepare for a continued shutdown,‖ Russell advised the pro-gram directors. ―We don‘t know yet if the U.S. Government has answers, but if we have to take certain measures, we will. If the situation does not change by Friday (October 4th) stand by for possible furloughs.‖ Russell also issued a general memorandum establishing an immediate moratorium on all Travel and Training. ―Due to the lack of Federal appropriations and the unresolved funding legislation currently occurring in the U.S. Congress, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe is experiencing severe adverse impacts in the form of lack of Federal funds to continue certain Tribal program activities. The failure…has resulted in a bleak financial condition for the Tribal Government,‖ the memo advised.