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Aug. 14th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
That article is INFURIATING!!

1) You get a state court order and domesticate it in tribal court. Is that so hard?!?? I used to do it all the time when I worked in Child Support. Maybe some tribes won't do it, but I seriously doubt it.

2) "We're subsidizing tribal families when tribal governments should be doing that," she says.

WTF?!?? These are California families, too!! It's not an either/or. Not only is their mother non-Native (I assume), but members of tribes are also state and US citizens. WTFing F!??

3) more than half a dozen women have called her for help because they can't collect child support from Native American fathers.

More than half a dozen!! Wow, that could be as many as 7!! An epidemic, I tell ya! Those evil tribal governments!!1

4) And arent these kids enrolled? I don't know the answer to that, but if their dad is getting a healthy per cap, then they are probably getting one, too. Maybe? Seems unclear, but I know that's how it works for some tribes around here.

I hate sloppy incomplete reporting. Absolutely everyone who owes child support should pay it, no disagreement there, but this story just makes it looks like Indians don't care about their kids and that damn soverenity is evil and let's Indians cheat the law or something. Ugh.

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