The ANA Messenger - Spring Edition
The Tribal Child Support Program Continues to Grow!
On April 9, 2013, Commissioner Turetsky signed a Dear Colleague Letter announcing the fact that 50 tribes now operate a comprehensive tribal child support program, and 10 more tribes are receiving funding to put a program in place!
In the past year, eight tribes have transitioned from the start-up phase to comprehensive program status: the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.; the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe; the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation; the Blackfeet Nation; Fort Belknap Indian Community; the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation; the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. These tribes now provide child support services that meet federal requirements to the children and families within the jurisdiction of their Tribal Nation.
Also in the last year, OCSE approved start-up applications for six more tribes: the Ho-Chunk Nation; the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; the Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation); the Delaware Tribe of Indians; the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes; and the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. The start-up phase allows the time for tribes to develop a culturally appropriate child support program that meets the federal requirements.
In 2011, 42 comprehensive tribal programs distributed over $30M in child support obligations. Collections will continue to increase with the addition of new tribal programs. This is truly an exciting time.
Visit the OCSE website for more information.