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Meskwaki Settlement School 2019-2020 School Registration

Meskwaki Settlement School Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year will begin Monday, July 22nd to Monday, August 19th.  Registration hours are 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Middle School/High School Offices.

First Day of School is Monday, August 19th!

What you need to bring with you to registration: All students must have a copy of their CDIB, social security card, birth certificate, and current immunization records.

We ask that ALL families to please take the time to fill out the Free and Reduced Meal applications. These are very important so each family will receive a small token of appreciation when the application is completed and turned in.

EC Language Nest Registration: For questions, contact Webisega at (641) 484-4990.

  • Students must be 3 years old by September 15, 2019 and be able to use the toilet independently when classes start.
  • Submit a completed Early Childhood Registration and Health Requirements packet before classes start.
  • Reminder: Limited amount of spaces available.

Pre-K through 6th Grade Registration: For questions, contact Hallie at (641) 484-4990.

7th thought 12th Grade Registration: For questions, contact Sylvana at (641) 484-9000.

For questions call Elementary 484-4990, or MS/HS 484-9000.

30 Day Public Comment Period: Title 13 Article V Ch 9 Sec. 13-5909


At its regular meeting convened on July 17, 2019 the Tribal Council approved TITLE 13 (Law & Order) ARTICLE V CRIMES AND OFFENSE, CHAPTER 9 TRESPASS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, SEC. 13-5909. TRESPASS AFTER EXCLUSION OR BANISHMENT/HARBORING of the Code of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa.  Such approval is subject to consideration of comments that may be forthcoming during a thirty (30) day public comment period.

Accordingly, a copy of the proposed Title 13 Article V. CH.9 SEC. 13-5909 is immediately available for public review and comment through August 17, 2019.  You may request a copy of the subject law for your review by contacting:

Office of the Attorney General

Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

349 Meskwaki Road, Tama Iowa 52339

Telephone Number (641) 484-4678. 

All comments should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Attorney General no later than 4: 30 p.m. August 17, 2019.

Public Safety Message on Extreme Heat

Take a moment to read this important public safety message regarding extreme heat and warning signs of heat stroke.

During the extreme heat please follow these precautions:

  • Take frequent breaks, find an air conditioned space even if only for a short time.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing.
  • Check on the elderly.
  • Make sure pets have shade and water!

Know the warning signs of heat stroke:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Not sweating
  • Red, hot and dry skin
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • May pass out

Call 9-1-1 and take immediate action to cool the person down until help arrives.

From the Meskwaki Tribal Response/Emergency Management

Tribal Council Meeting July 17, 2019

The next scheduled Tribal Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm and be held in the Tribal Chambers.

Enrolled Tribal Members are welcome and encourage to attend.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairman.

Today: Cooking Demo

Reminder today at 12 pm Noon at on the Health Clinic lawn, the Diabetes Program will be having their July Cooking Demo!

On the menu: Grilling kabob made with steak, chicken, veggies!

*In case of rain or strong winds, the demo will be moved inside to the clinic kitchen.

Updated Tribal Audit Notice

Pursuant to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa “Any member of the Tribe who resides away from the reservation for a period of ten years and who has not within that time signified to the Tribal Council his desire to continue his membership in the Tribe but may later be adopted into the Tribe under the same membership status as previously enjoyed, by a majority vote of the Tribal Council after residing on the reservation for one year.”
For financial purposes the Tribal Council mandated an audit of all enrolled tribal members to occur every five (5) years to verify addresses, bank information, and update tribal identification. In order to accomplish this, all enrolled tribal members are required to present themselves in person to Tribal Council representatives.

The next membership audit will be July 29, 2019 through August 9, 2019 to accommodate all out of town tribal members.

• July 29, 2019 through August 2, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
• August 3, 2019 from 9:00-1:00pm
• August 5, 2019 through August 7, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
• August 8, 2019 through August 9, 2019 from 8:30am-11:30am

August 2019 per capita payments will be available in paper check format only. Members must complete the audit to be eligible to pick up their check. Checks will be available on August 5th. Checks that are not picked up in person will be mailed to members that have completed the audit. Direct Deposit will resume with September 2019 per capita payments.

If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding per capita please contact Vestana Lasley at 641-484-4678 or email

Special arrangements can be made to accommodate those members who have been identified as legally incompetent, active duty, incarcerated, or handicapped.

Documents needed for tribal audit: Picture ID such as: Current State-issued ID, Current Tribal ID, Passport, Military ID and original Social Security Card.

Documents needed for children:
Original birth certificate and Original social security card.

Any questions regarding the Membership Audit, please contact Merona Jefferson at 641-484-4678 or email

A block of rooms has been set aside at Meskwaki Casino for individuals coming to complete the audit. This is on a first come first serve basis. Please reserve your rooms by July 1, 2019.

Reminder: Summer Solstice Festival Tomorrow!

Don’t forget to join Red Earth Gardens, Meskwaki Agriculture & Food Sovereignty, Diabetes Program, and the Meskwaki Youth Program for the Summer Solstice Milkweed Festival! – Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Wednesday, July 10th from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Fun Walk/Run around Red Earth Gardens – Registration starts at 10:00 am, Walk/Run at 10:30 am.

Noon Meal – featuring milkweed and other foraged foods, corn, beans, squash, frybread, bison and walleye.

For the Kids: Door Prizes, bouncy houses, and participation/placement ribbons for the walk/run!

Door Prizes: Including 2 special drawings for those who bring complete dish-kits. (Dish kits are reusable plates and bowls, cups/water bottle, fork/spoon/knife and a reusable fabric bag – anything as long as it is not single use plastic.)

Participation t-shirts for youth and adults.

Red Earth Gardens is located at 1401 305th Street, Tama IA (Behind the Casino, South of the RV Park).