Government Shutdown Leads To Kickapoo Layoffs

HORTON, Kan. – A press release issued by the Kansas Kickapoo Tribe this week says the ongoing federal government shutdown has forced the layoff of nearly two dozen employees.

The layoffs impact services, such as law enforcement, healthcare programs and road maintenance.

Tribal Chairman Lester Randall said the tribe receives federal funds as the result of treaties with the United States.

Randall: “Unfortunately, because of the lack of access to federal funding at this time, we are providing very limited services to our tribal members and the community.”

The tribe reports that the Bureau of Indian Affairs representatives have been furloughed because of the shutdown, which is now beyond 20 days.