Thursday, May 23, 2024 – IRS reverses stance on tribal child support program in ND

For years, the state of North Dakota worked with tribes to send and receive tax information for parents who are unable or unwilling to meet their child support obligations and, instead, have their income tax refunds rerouted to those granted custody of their children. In 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) told the state to stop this process, but just recently reversed that decision. It’s been more than a year and some Native parents in the state still haven’t received any child support payments. We’ll dive deeper into this complicated tax issue.


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