Ho-Chunk legislators skip vote on trust funds

CREATED Jul 9, 2014

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MAIDSON -- Ho-Chunk Nation legislators aren't acting on a proposal to delay trust fund payments that members now receive when they are 18.
 
Tribal leaders have been concerned that many burn through the cash quickly and end up with little to show for their spending. Some wanted to delay the payments of more than $200,000 until members were in their 20s or to tie payments to college, employment or military service.
 
But the tribal legislature didn't vote Monday on a proposal to delay payments and instead passed the suggestion on as an informational item for the tribe's General Council meeting in September. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday that likely means an end to any changes.
 
Some families had protested any change, saying they rely on the money for basic needs.