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Community Meal – Dideneniwaki ketadamekonana

Please join us for our upcoming community meal Dideneniwaki ketadamekonana – The Hunters Are Feeding Us – an evening celebrating seasonal foods and stories. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 30th at 5:00 pm, hosted at Meskwaki Senior Services.

In the past, this event has been known as our Winter Wild Game Feast, so come prepared for a delicious community meal and the opportunity to try a variety of dishes featuring Meskwaki seasonal game meats.

Meal will be served at 5:30 pm. This event is free and open to all community  members. Contact MFSI staff at 484-9501 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

The alternate date for this event will be February 6.

MSS Middle/High School Award Assembly

On January 18, 2019 at 2:50 pm in the High School gym Meskwaki Settlement School will be having their Mid-Year Academic Award Assembly for the Middle/High School students.

Honor Roll A – 4.0 – 3.5 GPA

Honor Roll B – 3.49 – 3.0 GPA

Perfect Attendance

Parents/guardians are welcome to join us for the assembly. Please enter through the High School’s main entrance and sign in at the front office.

Tribal Council Meeting

Reminder of the Tribal Council meeting today, Wednesday, January 9th starting at 5:00 pm in the Tribal Chambers.

Enrolled Tribal Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

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

Please Join Us for Lynne’s Luau

Please join us for Lynne’s Luau!

Come meet and greet Lynne, our substance abuse prevention specialist.

  • Date: January 30th
  • Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Location: Pool and Party Room @ Design Inn and Suites, Toledo IA

*Food and drinks will be provided

A responsible adult must be present with children.

Sponsored by MADAC. RISE, MFS and Probation

Healthy Recipe Contest

Submissions are due Wednesday, January 9th!

Reminder that recipes need to be submitted by 01/09/19, they must include your name, current phone number and recipe.

You may submit by email or drop-in to the Meskwaki Health Clinic and see –
Linda Winter Chaser:
Megan Koehn:
Ashley Aylsworth:

***A prize will be awarded to every submission after the cook-off!

Tonight: MNR Wildland Firefighter Meeting

Starts at 5:30 PM at the South Farm Office

MNR is hosting a meeting to discuss how to become a certified wildland firefighter. In this meeting, we will discuss the basic qualifications to obtain your “red card” and the opportunities you would have upon complete certification. Basic qualifications include online training, a field day, a physical and conditioning test. Upon receiving your red card, you will be able to assist MNR with controlled burns and help fight wildfires across the country if desired.

Call Brandon at 641-484-3511 fi you have questions prior to the meeting or if you are unable to attend the meeting

Tribal Council Meeting

The next Tribal Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. The meeting will start at 5:00 pm and take place in the Tribal Chambers.

Enrolled Tribal Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

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

Press Release: Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa Welcomes Senate Passage of Proposed Bill




Meskwaki Settlement – The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi welcomes the passage of Senate Bill 381 by the United States Senate on November 27, 2018. A companion bill had previously been passed by the United States House of Representatives and the bill now moves on for signature by the President. The bill overturns a previous federal law passed in 1948.

“For generations, we took care of our own criminal issues and problems and shared jurisdiction over crimes committed on the Settlement with the federal government.” Said Tribal Chairman Anthony Waseskuk. This all changed in 1948, when the federal government passed a one-sentence law and gave the State of Iowa criminal jurisdiction over the Settlement.”

In many states, Native American tribes have criminal jurisdiction for certain crimes committed by Native Americans against Native Americans on their own territory. This has not always been the case in Iowa, however, due to the federal law enacted in 1948.

In 1948, Congress enacted a law granting Iowa, rather than the Meskwaki tribe, concurrent jurisdiction for criminal offenses occurring on Meskwaki territory, but retaining federal jurisdiction for offenses against federal law. At the time, the tribe did not have its own police force or court system.

“Seventy years after passage of the 1948 Act, the Settlement is a much different place.” continued Tribal Chairman Waseskuk, “The Meskwaki Nation now operates and maintains a fully functional criminal justice system including a court system with law trained judges, prosecutors and public defenders. Our police officers are certified law enforcement officers by the State of Iowa and provide 24 hour police protection to the community.”

Despite making great strides and progress in developing its own criminal justice system, the ramifications of the 1948 Act continued to plague effective law enforcement and the implementation of a criminal justice system on the Meskwaki Settlement.

The ‘48 Act had created a dual-concurrent criminal justice system composed of both tribal and state justice systems. Because a criminal case could be brought both in state court and in tribal court, a Native American defendant who committed an offense on the Settlement would face the possibility of two prosecutions. One prosecution by the state and one by the tribe.

“This was simply unfair and unjust” said Attorney General for the Tribe, Jay Finch. “It resulted in Native Americans being prosecuted twice for the same offense on their own land while non-natives were prosecuted merely once in state court. Being prosecuted twice for the same offense in turn led to additional fines, court costs and incarceration for the Native American defendant.”  Finch added.

Something had to be done. So in 2016, the Tribe began working on getting the support of the State of Iowa.

In 2017 the State of Iowa approved legislation signed into law by then Governor Terry Brandstad calling on Congress to repeal the 1948 law. Since 1948, Congress had never appropriated funds to State of Iowa to prosecute criminal cases which arose on the Settlement and the burden of doing so had fallen on the County of Tama. The passage of the ’48 Act hadn’t been fair to the State of Iowa either who had never been consulted prior to its passage.

“It’s been a very long battle and journey and we are happy that soon another piece of the tribe’s sovereignty which had at one time been taken away has now been restored.” remarked Chairman Waseskuk.

Press Release

Title 16 Article II: Thirty Day Public Comment Period

Notice to Public

At it’s regular meeting convened on September 19, 2018 the Tribal Council approved a draft of Title 16 (Property Code) Article II Assignment of Land 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 16 Article II is immediately available for public review and comment through October 22, 2018. 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) 484-9220.

All comments should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Attorney General no later than 4:30 p.m. October 22, 2018.