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Government shutdown deepens tribal distress Published: October 14, 2013

CROW AGENCY, Mont. — Worlds away from Washington, Audrey Costa wondered aloud about keeping her family warm, reports the New York Times.

A mother of three, she relies on lease payments from the Bureau of Indian Affairs on land owned by her family, which can run up to a few hundred dollars a year, to pay for food and electricity.

But since the partial shutdown of the federal government began on Oct. 1, Ms. Costa, 41, has not received a check.

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