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.
good job,viejas, and tribal chair anthony pico...future generations are important, and should be treated and nurtured with love and honor...the honorable thing has been done...
Good for the tribe it’s about time that the deadhead dad was made to pay. I wonder how such a slime can sleep at night knowing that he is not taking care of his kids. I equate a person like that to be slightly higher than someone who abuses women, children, and small ammonals. I wonder how many and who at Pechanga fail to make good on their responsibilities.
I agree with White Buffalo. How can you call yourself a MAN, if you don't take care of your kids.
With $13,000 per month his kids should be doing well. If Viejas has educational assistance they should qualify, as well.
This was written by a close friend of mine, John Taylor, and it is worth passing this on. For it shows what happens to a nation in trouble.... Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:-Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm;- Life isn't always fair; - And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies, don't spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights,I Want It Now,Someone Else Is To Blame,I'm A Victim.Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, do nothing.
Doing nothing should not be an option.
That's why what is seemingly a futile action like writing letters to BIA, or politicians should become a regular thing, so that they don't forget.
Any delay we cause in actions such as land into trust, propositions against expanded gaming, water rights, and most importantly and reduction in traffic to the casino is a plus for our side.
If we just "go away" as they hope we do, they will have won, with little impedence. We must keep up the fight. Look at the success the Cherokee Freedmen are having.
Time to talk to your family members again and get them involved a bit, even if you can't get them fully committed. There are always those who will just sit on the sidelines and let someone else do the heavy lifting.
Good for Viejas, good for their children.
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