Sunday, January 13, 2019

Shutdown strains hundreds of Native tribes

Associated Press (; Xochitl, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment, where one person often supports an extended family.

The effects were being felt far and wide. In New Mexico, a lone police officer patrolled a Native American reservation larger in size than Houston on a shift that normally has three people, responding to multiple car wrecks during a snow storm, emergency calls, and requests for welfare checks.... Native American tribes rely heavily on funding guaranteed by treaties with the U.S., acts of Congress and other agreements for public safety, social services, education... More
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