Saturday, February 24, 2018

‘Financial crisis’ cited as Crow government furloughs general fund employees

All general fund employees for the Crow Tribe were furloughed at 5 p.m. Friday evening due to the tribal government’s “current financial crisis,” according to a letter from Human Resources Director Janice Speelman.
 
Those whose “position cannot be supported” by the tribe’s funds, the letter states, will be placed on “nonduty, nonpaid status” for an indefinite furlough period. According to a Legislative Branch official, layoffs will affect 283 people.
 
“This decision was not made arbitrarily, nor is it a reflection of your job performance,” the letter states to employees in closing. “We do recognize the negative effect this may have on you and your family, and assure you we will make our best effort to take whatever actions are necessary to resolve the tribe’s financial situation.”
 
Though Crow Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid has not addressed the layoffs at present, a spokesperson for the Executive Branch mentioned in an email that “[a] public statement on the furlough may be forthcoming.”
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