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By ANDREW SHEELER
Daily News Staff Writer
Ketchikan Indian Community laid off nine employees Friday, citing budget shortfalls resulting from the federal budget sequester.
"The Ketchikan Indian Community has been forced to significantly reduce personnel in order to balance the organizational budget," said Irene Dundas, the KIC Tribal Council president. According to an emailed statement from KIC, the layoffs are the first in 30 years.
By deadline, KIC Interim General Manager John Brown did not respond to a Ketchikan Daily News inquiry as to who was laid off, when they were notified or when the layoffs went into effect.
The KIC prepared statement mentions that the corporation employs 158 people year-round and nearly 200 during the summer months, making it the sixth largest employer in Ketchikan.