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Deadbeat Dads or Minor Children, who should the Indian Tribes protect?

Updated on August 29, 2017

I am appalled that a Tribe wouldn't enforce Child Support. What's their reason?

What do you think of Indian Tribes that don't enforce Child Support?

Indian Tribes that have casinos use the revenue in different ways. Some Tribes have profit sharing, splitting the money with their members, usually only the Adult ones. Some don't have profit sharing, but give other benefits and money on a pre-determined basis.

I find that the Tribes that don't enforce court ordered child support are proliferating the amount of Deadbeat Dads, while the mother and the kids have to beg the tribe to help them get support. I find it appalling that a Gaming Tribe would not enforce court ordered child support payments under the cloak of sovereignty!

What about you, do you think that a Gaming Tribe should not enforce court ordered child support? Do you think that sovereignty is only for the adult members of a tribe, and not the minor children that don't live with their per cap (money received from Casinos) parent?

Have some of the tribal leaders forgotten their own heritage, and replaced it with greed? What is the reason for not enforcing child support?

Native American Proverb

"An old man said to his grandchildren, 'Inside everyone are two fighting wolves. One wolf is generous and kind, but the other is deceitful and unkind.' One of the children asked his grandfather, 'Which wolf will win?'

The old man replied, 'The one you feed.'"

Cultural Heritage is more than Icons and Festivals


"With a monthly income averaging $30,000 for each Tribal Member, the new Morongo Casino has done more than just eliminate welfare and federal subsidy dependencies. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians has become one of the most successful tribes in California and ranks amongst the most successful in the Nation." quoted from an article in News from Indian Country 'The Morongo Band of Mission Indians: A lot of history, many descendants, many challenges' by Sandra Hale Schulma.

This article goes on to tell about how Morongo has made progress, but still has a large problem with alcoholism, and drug use, as well as education. It's interesting to see the amount of money the Tribe contributes to others, yet with all this money, they don't enforce child support! You have to go in front of the Tribal Council and they decide on a case by case basis if they will enforce it or not.

So, you mean to tell me that members were getting about $30,000. a month, plus bonuses and it is a hardship for them to pay child support? Even if they are getting less now, during the current economic situation, it is still enough to support their children. And we're not even talking about contested paternity.....court ordered child support for registered tribal members. Tribal Members who just happen to be minors, and can't vote for Tribal Council, or any of the other measures that affect the Tribe. Not yet anyway!

Is this Morongo's new Cultural Heritage? Adult Members can pick and choose if, and how much, they want to pay while children do without? Furthermore, let's not talk about the other Tribes that are doing the same thing. I will mention Barona in San Diego County as one of the ones that protect and care for the children of it's adult members. Thank you Barona for caring for your Children!

Have Tribal Leaders Forgotten

"If our young people do not participate and learn from our leaders, it is just a matter of time before the work that our elders have done is forgotten."

Luke Cordell, to United Nations, July 25,2000


Debate on Child Support enforcement- What do you think?

Deadbeat Dads or Minor Children, who should the Indian Tribes protect?

Our Children are the Future

"If our young people do not participate and learn from our leaders, it is just a matter of time before the work that our elders have done is forgotten."

Luke Cordell, to United Nations, July 25,2000


It's very hard for me to not show my passion when it comes to children, mine, yours, or anyone else's. I detest the thought of Tribal Councils "protecting" deadbeat dads. Let these guys take responsibility for their children, and if they won't then the Tribe, like the States, should take it from their per capita money.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Hard-hitting piece. Great work. Voted Up, Interesting, and Awesome. Keep up the great work. I am proud to meet such a talented writer.

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      6 years ago

      I don't it matters which parent has the child, mother or father, the other parent should be responsible for that child (financially speaking) if they do not wish to be a bigger part of their children's lives. The option should always be there to make the father/mother pay, if the other parent chooses to do so.

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      7 years ago

      I am a white women and mother of two children who are part Quileute a tribe in La Push WA. The father has not paid a child support payment in years. DSHS has done very little if nothing to help me and tribal authorities wonât even respond to my request. The father owes over 45,000. Oddly enough one of my children moved in with his native American uncle and father briefly and my wages where garnished within a month even though I still had one child with me and he owed me over 45,000 in back support because he went on welfare. Talk about injustice for a hard working single parent who chooses not to live on government money. Please visit the WA most wanted web site on the DSHS web site

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      7 years ago

      What a horrible thing for a child to feel that he/she is nothing more than a burden. An' how else COULD any person feel if their very existence depended on funds... begrudgingly given... or, not at all? Any mama or daddy should be proud to stand up for the child of their own making. If not proud, then it comes down to not giving them the choice; they must take care of their own children. Especially, with such available funds as are apparently received from casino revenue.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I can't comment on the Indian Tribes. In fact I thought we didn't even call them 'Indians', but what would I know? I'm in Australia. However child support is mandatory here and, if the father won't pay, the money is deducted from his salary (or governnment benefits) before he gets it.

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This seems very strange to me. A father living in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales would still legally have to pay child support for children even if they lived in one of the other countries in the UK. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      I think the welfare of the children should always come first. We have a friend who has been trying to get custody of his 4 children for almost 5 years, but is being fought by his ex-girlfriend's tribe. They went so far as to hide the children on the Reservation while she was in prison for drug possession. Even though the children would be better off with their Dad & our state has given him custody, he still cannot get his children because they are always kept on tribal land...It's sad because it is the children who suffer. Blessed by a Squid Angel!

    • ZenandChic profile image


      9 years ago

      I don't like them not having Dads pay child support. My ex does not pay me and it is the children who suffer...

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      This is an awful subject, but it's very well written and so very enlightening. Kudos for starting a conversation about this, people need to know what is going on and someone needs to stop it!


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