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Native America Calling

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Today, May 23 – Native American mothers face child support cut-offs

Child support payments could be cut for hundreds of Native American mothers. The looming change revolves around a debate in Congress over access to private IRS information. Child support enforcement efforts use that information to garnish tax refunds going to deadbeat dads. It’s a system that reroutes some $2 billion across the country every year. But tribes fall into a special category that would prevent them from solutions that non-tribal agencies are able to use. North Dakota tribes have already had such child support payments cut off because of an IRS directive, but that decision is now reversed. We’ll hear about the complex issue of child support enforcement for tribes .

To join the discussion, call 1-800-996-2848


Jerl Thompson (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe), director of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Child Support Enforcement program

Sunnie Bisonette (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), assistant director of Lac Courte Oreilles Child Support

Tish Keahna (Meskwaki Nation citizen), attorney employed by Lac Courte Oreilles


May 23
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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