Crow Tribe Lays Off 200 Workers

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Unanticipated expenses and a drop in revenue have forced the Crow Tribe lay off 200 people.

Kayle Howe, the tribe's personnel director, says the full-time employees were told of the cuts Friday. Howe says the layoffs do not affect employees who are paid with federal money, and essential services will continue.

The layoffs come amid a substantial drop in the tribe's largest revenue source, coal. Also, Chairman Carl Venne's (van's) death in February required two elections to fill the posts of chairman and vice chairman, which cost about $148,000.

The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, and Howe expects that tribal members will be able to apply for jobs in the middle of that month. Meanwhile, the tribe is awaiting millions of dollars in federal stimulus money, with jobs aimed mainly at boosting the reservation's infrastructure.

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