Impact of the Partial Government Shutdown on Indian Country

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The shutdown breaks the treaty and trust obligations to tribal governments. Agencies that provide critical government services to our nations are caught up in unrelated politics over funding for a southern border wall and the welfare of our tribal citizens hangs in the balance. During this shutdown, the well-being of our tribal citizens is in jeopardy. As tribal leaders, we know that it is simply not an option for us to stop serving our citizens. That way is foreign to us. On behalf of Indian Country, we urge the President and Congress to do their jobs and reopen the government immediately.