(KSFY) - About 25 percent of federal employees in South Dakota work for Indian Health Services.
These people are responsible for operating hospitals and clinics on reservations across the state.
South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds said these services are the only option for many people who live in rural areas, but the government shutdown is putting pressure on IHS employees.
"These folks are going to be working either without pay or they are on furlough, depending on whether or not they have been identified as essential," he said. "In either case, time is critical in terms of getting this issue resolved. Nobody wins in a government shutdown."
Sen. Rounds said the United States needs to increase security at the southern boarder, but it is time to compromise and reopen the government.
He called the shutdown "irresponsible."