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Northern Arapaho tribal govt cuts work hours to save money

May 8, 2019

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The Northern Arapahoe tribal government has adopted a 32-hour work week for all employees to address a projected $5 million budget deficit.

Tribal business council chairman Lee Spoonhunter tells The Ranger in Riverton the move will save about $72,000 per week. The tribe has also instituted a hiring freeze.

Spoonhunter says the tribe expanded services years ago because of increasing revenue, but reductions in the prices of oil and natural gas have reduced the tribe’s income.

The cuts do not affect the staff or hours at the Wind River Casino, which is not a tribal government institution.

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Information from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com