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Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Issues Statement on Temporary Reprieve of Federal Government Shutdown

Jan 28, 2019

AKWESASNE — On Friday, Tsiothórhko:wa/January 25, 2019 Congress and the President reached an agreement was reached to end the longest shutdown of the federal government in American history. Like many tribal nations across the country who receive federal funds, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe closely monitored the partial shutdown and its potential impact on community programs and services. The agreement entails the reopening of the federal government for three weeks, until February 15th, while discussions continue between congressional leaders and the current administration on a long-term agreement. In response to Friday’s decision, the Tribe issued the following public statement:

“The end of the partial shutdown for the federal government is welcome news to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Akwesasne community. The reopening of the government helps alleviate undue stress and over the next three weeks, the Tribe will drawdown available federal funds as normal. This is critical so that we may avoid utilizing Tribal General Funds to cover operational costs for federally funded programs. Most importantly, Tribal Health Services will received critical funds from Indian Health Services to continue normal operations, including referrals.”

Tribal Council and senior staff continue to monitor the situation and will keep employees and the community informed of any specific impacts should there be another prolonged shutdown.

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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk People