Due to wise fiscal management, the Osage Nation has sufficient funds in reserves and tribal support to continue all direct services with the exception of the WIC program, according to a statement issued by the tribe on Tuesday.
"The Osage Nation WIC offices are open and infant formula will continue to be distributed for enrolled infants," said the statement. "Food vouchers will not be available until a budget resolution is reached."
The Indian Health Services located in Pawhuska is operational with all Commissioned Corps employees working on a non-pay status to protect the public health of those served. For additional information, call 918-287-4491.
Throughout the United States, a number of federally funded programs are shut down or will operate in a reduced capacity. However, federal programs operating for the safety of human life and the protection of property will remain open. Social Security and SSI payments, and active military service salaries will not be affected.
Visit the website for a closer look at the federal programs affected: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans.
Updates from Osage Nation will be provided as they become available.