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 About
  The Three Affiliated Tribes recognizes that Tribal children are the Tribe's most important resource and their support is
  of paramount importance to the Tribe. The purpose of this office is to assure that all children within the jurisdiction of the
  Three Affiliated Tribes shall receive adequate support needed to prepare such children to take their places as
  responsible adult members of the Tribe, while preserving and strengthening family ties and the child's cultural and
  Tribal identity. The Tribal Child Support Program does not represent the individual interests of either party.
 
       
   
 Services
  The Three Affiliated Tries Child Support Program will provide the following services:
    • Locate services for child support purposes 
    • Establishment of paternity for children 18 years old and under, including confidential genetic testing 
    • Establishment of child support orders
    • Modification of child support orders
    • Enforcement of child support orders
    • Collaboration with other tribal and state IV-D agencies in an effort to better serve children. 
 
         
     
 Background
  In 2005, the Ft. Berthold District Court established the TAT Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) with start-up
  funding from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families. The TAT DCSE
  went fully operational in April 2008. The Three Affiliated Tribes is the first Tribe in North Dakota to receive funding for a
  tribal child support enforcement IV-D program. The TAT DSCE currently has over 700 open cases and will continue to
  grow and expand services for the benefit of all children. The TAT DSCE is now known as the Tribal Child Support Program.
 
     
 
 History of TAT
  Three Affiliated Tribes - the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (Sahnish). The Tribes believe our presence in North America
  is from the beginning of time. The Mandan call themselves, "the People of the First Man." The Hidatsa were known as
  Minnetaree or GrosVentre. "Hidatsa" was formerly the name of a village occupied by these tribes. The term "Hidatsa"
  became a corruption of the word "midah-hutsee-ahti" translated meaning "house/lodge made with willows." The name
  Minnetaree, spelled in various ways means, "to cross the water." Oral and written history says the names "Arikara,
  Ricarees and Rees" were given to them by the Pawnee to describe the way they wore their hair. The name "Sahnish" is
  the chosen name used among themselves which means "the original people from whom all others tribes sprang." The
  name of "Arikara" and its derivations appear in treaties and is used to preserve historical accuracy.
 
       
     
   
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