California Watch has the story, a successful conclusion to a protracted struggle
After submitting a formal petition to the Viejas Tribal Council on Aug. 31, it ruled to garnishee Sonnie Brown’s monthly stipend from the tribe to pay child support.
Christina Brown has been in and out of Riverside County Superior Court since 2008 trying to get child support for her children, ages 7, 15 and 17.
“I fought so hard for them,” she said. “Now I can make it up to my kids, and it feels good.”
Brown said it’s a blessing that the Viejas Tribal Council is stepping up to help her children. She said she’s going to buy her kids new clothes for school and plans to treat them with a trip to Disneyland. She also said she’ll no longer need food stamps or welfare assistance.
Viejas Tribal Chairman Anthony R. Pico said the tribal council is acting in the interest of its children.
He said the Viejas tribe has 270 members. So far, he said, the council, under a resolution passed in June, has honored the three petitions it’s received to enforce child support orders for its members.