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385 Agency Road

PO Box 365

Lapwai, ID.


Serving families who live or work on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Welcome to the Nez Perce Tribe's Child Support Enforcement Program Webpage!

Child Support Enforcement Program Staff

From L-R: Jason A. Thomas (Attorney at Law), Lana Rickman (Case Manager), Hattie Brown (Administrative Intake Specialist), Sabrina Wakefield (Case Manager), Verna Taylor (Financial Specialist), Jeanette Pinkham (Director)

CSEP Mission Statement

Among the NiMiiPuu, children are seen as gifts from the Creator. They represent the future of the Nez Perce Tribe and a link to the values of our culture. Each child is the center of a circle with deep relationships to their biological parents, their blood relatives and fellow tribal members. Adults must put the children first to ensure they are properly nurtured and developed.

Description of Services

The Nez Perce Tribe IV-D Child Support Enforcement Program (CSEP) has been at work since 2009 and accepts applications for services for all who live and/or work on the Nez Perce Reservation regardless of tribal or non-tribal status.

CSEP's core mission is to: 1) Help find a non-custodial parent; 2) Establish paternity for a child; 3) Establish an order for financial and/or medical support; and 4) Collect child support payments.

Our Approach

The Nez Perce Tribe Child Support Enforcement Program (CSEP) approach is to begin the child support process with mediation (that includes people with responsibility for the care of the child). Drawing on cultural values and Nez Perce Tribal code we will attempt to reach agreement on the child support amount for the child and fair support structures for the wellbeing of the child. CSEP will work cooperatively with tribal court procedures to approve agreements and to arbitrate when no agreement has been reached.


To protect the wellbeing of the children on the Nez Perce reservation through the establishment and enforcement of child support orders; and to promote the wellbeing of children in partnership with parents and community and to improve family stability by preserving our way of life, family lineage, customs, traditions, and language.

Nez Perce Tribe Website

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Fatherhood Initiatives

24/7 Dad will begin Fall 2012. 24/7 Dad® Second Edition is the most comprehensive fatherhood program available with innovative tools, strategies, and exercises for fathers of all races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds! Developed by fathering and parenting experts, it focuses on the characteristics men need to be good fathers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact Janice Ellenwood to sign up.

Pikeenm Pi’amkin "Gathering of Mothers"

Coming Soon! Pikeenm Pi’amkin is a mothers support group that will be established to give mothers the opportunity to discuss issues about healthy relationships, financial literacy, domestic violence and to learn how to heal by doing positive affirmations and thinking. Contact Janice Ellenwood, Outreach Specialist, for more information. TBD on dates and times.