Crow Tribe lays off 200 full-time employees
The Crow Tribe of Montana laid off 200 full-time employees on Friday, citing budget restraints.

Chairman Cedric Black Eagle hoped to avoid layoffs after learning of the shortfall. But he was unable to find money to cover the jobs.

"The decision to lay off any employee is a very difficult one," Black Eagle said in a statement, The Billings Gazette reported. "My administration values the commitment and hard work of our employees, and it is with deep regret that layoffs are required at this time because of the current economic climate."

Tribal personnel director Kayle Howe said a drop in income, from coal revenues and other sources, along with the unexpected death of former chairman Carl Venne contributed to the shortfall. The tribe spent about $148,000 to hold new elections.

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