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Shutdown cuts tribe general and heating assistance

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YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Native American tribes are still sorting out the effect of the government shutdown, but they're already seeing an impact.

Vice Chairmwoman Jean Archambeau (ar-SHAM'-boh) of the Yankton Sioux Tribe says general welfare assistance has been cut. That's the program that helps people with general needs not covered by other programs.

She says money for heating assistance also isn't coming this fall, which is especially daunting with colder weather approaching.

Archambeau says law enforcement, the school and hospital are all running as normal.

She says the tribe has enough money to keep operating about a month, so the concern is mainly with individual families.

But Archambeau tribal leaders have started discussing the possibility of layoffs if the shutdown continues.


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