Indian Celebration Continues Amid Sequestration Cuts | News
Thousands of people gathered this weekend to celebrate the annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.
The event featured Native American music, dance, sports, and other cultural demonstrations.
But this year, federal budget cuts under sequestration also affected the National Park system.
Superintendent Jim David says this year, the Ocmulgee National Monument had to find ways to cut 5% of its 1.2 million dollar budget.
Canceling the celebration was put on the table, but because David and the staff enjoyed bringing the annual event to Middle Georgia, they instead found other ways to make the cuts.
Over the summer, they cut down on their maintenance staff. That made it more difficult to cover the 700-acre property, but saved the festival.
The National Parks could face more cuts for the next fiscal year coming up in October.
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