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Standing Rock, state to collaborate on child support

Standing Rock, state to collaborate on child support

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the North Dakota Department of Human Services have signed an agreement to collaborate on child support services, the department announced Tuesday.

The tribe began operating a child support program in 2013 funded by a federal start-up grant. Under the new agreement, the program will take on additional cases currently handled by the state, as well as work with the human services department on other cases.

The state is limited in its ability to provide child support enforcement services on tribal lands, according to a department press release. As a result, tribes have turned to federal funds to offer those services.

The tribal program, based in Fort Yates, sends staff to the reservation's eight districts to conduct outreach and education. It serves 300 children and 235 parents.

Reach Amy R. Sisk at 701-250-8267 or amy.sisk@bismarcktribune.com.

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