Impact of government shutdown on Indian Country

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The government shutdown is hitting Native American bands hard.

Based on treaties dating back to before the United States was founded, many reservations rely heavily on federal funding.

According to the Center for Indian Country Development, that can vary from tribe to tribe.

We heard from a Fond du Lac tribal member, who says she’s a mother of three kids, whose not only worried about general food stamps, but the reservation’s food distribution program.

That federally-funded program helps provide food to tribal members in need. She says she hopes to see a resolution soon.

“I’m a little upset about this border wall even being an issue. Being Indigenous myself, I feel like these borders crossed us, and it’s a little emotional to talk about,” Fond du Lac tribal member, Taysha Martineau, said.

Officials with the Center for Indian Country Development also say government employment is high on reservations all across the country.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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