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Bid Requests for Beaded Medallions

Meskwaki Nation is seeking bids from Tribal Members for the creation of beaded medallions that will be given as gifts to 12 legislators who spearheaded the repeal of the 1948 federal law that gave the State jurisdiction over tribal criminal cases. This repeal of law was a historical moment in tribal history.


  • The Tribe will be paying six tribal members to each make two medallion necklaces for a total of 12. 
  • Each beader interested will propose a dollar amount bid they would charge for their medallion necklace. 
  • Must also provide samples either by photo or in person at the Tribal Center to have photos taken of their work.
  • Upon acceptance of their bid they will contract to complete the order


  • Medallion creators must supply their own materials. 
  • The finished medallion will need to be 4” in diameter.
  • Must use size 10 or 11 beads. No cabs or rhinestones. Medallion should have edging.
  • Medallion creators can choose their colors but must have an emphasis on traditional Meskwaki design.


  • Bids and Samples must be turned in by February 25
  • Medallions must be completed by March 22

For questions and information contact Yolanda Pushetonequa at 641-484-9225


Class of 2019 T-Shirt Graduation Powwow Fundraiser

The 2019 Graduation Powwow Committee will be selling special Class of 2019 t-shirts as a fundraiser for the upcoming Graduation Powwow.
Both a Meskwaki Settlement School and a South Tama County design are available. On the back under class of 2019 will be the names of that school’s graduates.
Money is needed at time of order placed and is due by March 4 and T-shirts will be back by March 18.
Any questions or if you would like to order please contact a high school graduate or their parent or Lori Beck 641-691-7014. All graduates and parents should have order forms available. You can also download and print out the form at the link below.


South Farm Closed Today (2/12)

South Farm will be closed for the remainder of the day (Tuesday, February 12) due to inclement weather conditions. This includes Meskwaki Family Services and Meskwaki Natural Resources.

Please note that the Tribal Center and the buildings within the Tribal Center complex will remain open today (2/12).  

– Executive Management. 

Schrock Qualifies for State Wrestling

Congrats to STC sophomore Kalem Schrock in qualifying for the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament this year. During last Saturday’s state qualifying district tournament in Knoxville, Schrock was injured following an illegal maneuver by his first round opponent, Jace Smith of PCM. Smith was then disqualified from the match, giving the first round victory to Schrock. In the second round championship match, Schrock was forced into a medical forfeit but was still awarded a runner-up finish and a State tournament qualification. With the State wrestling tournament less than one week away, Schrock will again be forced to forfeit due to the injury suffered last Saturday.

The 2018-19 high school wrestling season was the first experience Schrock has had on the wrestling mats. The sophomore qualified for the State wrestling tournament in the 285-pound class where he wrestled most of the season, compiling a 13-16 record. Schrock is the son of Jeff Schrock and Holly Youngbear-Schrock.

*Photo courtesy of Allison Graham, Tama News Herald

Photos: MSS Senior Night vs. West Marshall

The Meskwaki Warriors hosted the West Marshall Trojans for a boy/girl non-conference doubleheader on Monday, February 4.


The evening was also Senior Night for all MSS winter activities. Nine seniors and their families were honored and presented with gift baskets between the boys and the girls varsity games. Seniors included: (Girls Basketball): Leticia Garcia, Abigail Iron Shell, Tori Lasley, Danielle Seymour, Marley Whitefish; (Cheerleading): Tracie Kapayou; (Boys Basketball): Tate’ Bear, Ellis Lasley, and Noah Seymour.


In varsity competition, the 1A Warriors (10-8) took on a 3A Trojans team (11-6) who were Regional finalists in 2018 and have spent time in the Class 3A girls rankings at periods throughout the season with only one loss against an unranked opponent. Meskwaki meanwhile, are in third place in a competitive Iowa Star South conference and have played several close games against ranked teams this season and were looking to build some momentum heading into their postseason regional bracket.


West Marshall was able to get out to an 11 point lead in the first half and kept their foot on the gas through all four quarters, leading to a 56-33 West Marshall win. Junior Payton Tahahwah led the Warriors with 12 points along with six rebounds. Sophomore Deandra Navarro chipped in 11 points and ended up with a well-rounded performance, including shooting 2-6 from three point range, 3-5 from the free throw line, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Senior Abigail Iron Shell finished with eight points on the night but led the team with three steals. Senior Tori Lasley once again led the Warriors in the post, crashing the boards for seven rebounds along with six blocks.


Lasley’s six blocks builds on what has been an impressive campaign by the 6-foot senior. Lasley currently ranks fourth in all of Class 1A (ninth in the state) with 70 blocks on the season. Earlier this season, Lasley broke the MSS career blocks record, which was previously held by Grace Tahahwah (2017) who finished her career with 154. So far, Lasley has amassed 171 career blocks in her four seasons with the Warriors.


After Senior Night festivities concluded, the Meskwaki boys team (12-5 and leaders of the Iowa Star South) took the court against West Marshall (13-6 and leaders of the NICL West). The two conference leaders kept the game close through all four quarters. The Warriors went into halftime with a three point lead but the Trojans pushed back in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors by three points going into the fourth. The Warriors got down by as many as ten points during the fourth quarter but came storming back in the final minutes. Then, with under ten seconds left in the game, senior Tate’ Bear scored a walk off three-point play to put the stamp on a statement win for the Warriors on Senior Night. The final score after four quarters of thrilling basketball was Meskwaki 71, West Marshall 70.


Bear finished as the game’s leading scorer while also etching his name into the Meskwaki Settlement School history books. The senior’s 29 points on Monday pushed his career total to 1302 points (and counting), making him the school’s all time scoring leader. Previous record holders include Royce Timberwolf (2011-2015, 1055 points), Allis Tahahwah (2012-2016, 1081 points), and most recently Jarius Bear (2014-2018, 1291 points). Additionally, Bear’s 22.8 points per game average is 7thbest in all of Class 1A.


On Monday the Warriors were led by Bear whose 29 points came from 64% shooting from the field. He also nearly got a triple-double finishing with 10 rebounds, six assists, and one block. Sophomore Tiernan Wanatee was next for the Warriors with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block. Senior Noah Seymour came off the bench and provided his team with 10 points and some size and length to compete down low. Sophomore guards Evan Nelson and Taurice Grant each finished with eight points. Nelson shot two of the Warriors’ five three pointers while Grant led the team with nine assists and three steals. Freshman Larnell Velaquez rounded out the Warriors scorers with four points that came at a crucial moment late in the fourth quarter.


Snow Removal Policy



With the heavy snowfall and weather issues of the week, the Executive Office and Public Works would like to remind the community about the Public Works Snow Removal Policy.

At the time of a snow event and directly after a storm, there is a procedure in place that aims to provide the best possible travel conditions on the roads in the Settlement. As snow begins to accumulate, plowing priority is given to the main roads and intersections FIRST, followed by salt treatments to paved roads and lime/chip treatment to gravel roads. Public Works continually checks weather reports to ensure optimal response to adverse conditions during winter weather advisories and warnings.

Heavily trafficked roadways will always be plowed and treated first to ensure public safety. The next priorities in the snow removal procedure are:

  • Households having medical priorities: Public Works and the Health Clinic work together to ensure that households with medical priorities and medical personnel required to transport patients are taken care of first.  Sometimes it may look like the department is skipping houses, but they are working off a pre-determined priority list. This list does not include all elders, but those with medical priority.
  • Elderly and Handicapped.
  • Roads leading to the Meskwaki Settlement School, Tribal Center, and Meskwaki Health Clinic.
  • Remaining roads within the residential perimeters and parking lots.
  • Residential driveways on PRIORITY routes.
  • All other driveways: Even if it takes a little longer, the department will get to yours. Please be patient.

In case of emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance.

During some big storms, Public Works crews are on the job around the clock plowing and sanding.  As a program with limited manpower and resources, crews are vigorously working, often long hours without any rest.  They are working to the best of their abilities to keep our roads open and navigable. Please be understanding of their time constraints.

How you can help:

  • The decision to travel during winter storms is yours and yours alone. Please do not drive unless absolutely necessary.  Carry a survival kit in your car in case you become stuck in the snow.
  • Plow vehicles need your help as much as you need theirs. Please be aware of the equipment and slow down when approaching one.
  • If you must pass, please pick a good place to do so. Plow trucks have a wing on the side and often have no place to go.  In narrow areas, there isn’t enough room for the truck, its wing, and your vehicle.  Move over on the roadway if necessary.
  • Snow plows make frequent stops and backup maneuvers. If you are behind a plow that stops, stop your vehicle in such a way that your car looks into the driver’s outside rearview mirror, and please give them extra room.PLEASE be a patient driver during snow removal times and understand the crews are working as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • If possible, wait until roads have been plowed and snow banks pushed back before traveling on them.
  • If you are removing snow from your property and a snowplow approaches, there is a strong possibility that you are not visible to the operator. Dark clothing, the hour of day, and weather conditions inhibit visibility. Protect yourself from injury by giving the plow operator extra room to perform their task.
  • Please be patient. Our crews are tirelessly working to restore our roadways and are doing the best they can. Please be respectful and courteous to their work.  When possible, let them know they are appreciated.
  • If you ever have a situation where your driveway was missed, please contact Public Works or the Executive Office.

Photos: Washburn Visits Meskwaki Nation

Meskwaki Nation recently welcomed back Kevin Washburn to the Meskwaki Settlement for a special visit on Thursday, January 10that the MBCH Veteran’s Memorial Convention Center. Washburn spent time working with the Meskwaki Nation as a Justice of the Appellate Court from 2008 to 2009. Since then he has served as the Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law and as the Assistant Secretary to the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the Obama Administration from 2012 to 2015.


Washburn returned to the State of Iowa in 2018 when he was named the Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law.


Members from the Meskwaki Tribal Council, Executive Management, Meskwaki Tribal Court, MBCH Management team, along with several Tribal Operations Directors and staff were in attendance for the luncheon with Dean Washburn. After the meal, the group toured the Settlement to give Dean Washburn an update on local developments over the past 10 years.


Note from MTHC: Grief and Loss

Life after Loss: Dealing with Grief

Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. Dealing with a significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life.

Sudden or shocking losses due to events like crimes, accidents, or suicide can be traumatic. There is no way to prepare. They can challenge your sense of security and confidence in the predictability of life. You may experience symptoms such as sleep disturbance, nightmares, distressing thoughts, depressed mood, social isolation, or severe anxiety.


How long am I going to feel this way?

The length and experience of the grief process is different for everyone. There is no predictable schedule for grief. Although it can be quite painful at times, the grief process should not be rushed.


Is this normal?

When experiencing grief, it is common to:

  • Feel like you are “going crazy”
  • Have difficulty concentrating
  • Feel sad or depressed
  • Be irritable or angry (at the deceased, oneself, others, higher powers)
  • Feel frustrated or misunderstood
  • Experience anxiety, nervousness, or fearfulness
  • Feel like you want to “escape”
  • Experience guilt or remorse
  • Be ambivalent
  • Feel numb
  • Lack energy and motivation

What should I do?

It is important to note that the grief process is not linear, but is more often experienced in cycles. Grief is sometimes compared to climbing a spiral staircase where things can look and feel like you are just going in circles, yet you are actually making progress. Being patient with the process and allowing yourself to have any feelings about the loss can help.

Each one of us has an individual style of coping with painful experiences. The list below may help you generate ideas about how to manage your feelings of grief.

  • Talk to family or friends
  • Seek counseling
  • Read poetry or books
  • Engage in social activities
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy, good foods
  • Seek spiritual support
  • Take time to relax
  • Join a support group
  • Listen to music
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Let yourself feel grief


If you feel stuck in your grief, talking to a counselor or a supportive person may help you move forward in the healing process.

If you need to speak with someone urgently, use Foundation 2 Crisis Line Iowa: (800) 332-4224 or (319) 362-2174

You can also make an appointment for mental health support at the Tribal Clinic by calling 641-484-4094



Caitlin Silveira, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor

Meskwaki Tribal Health Clinic

Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

1646 305th St

Tama, IA 52339

641.484.4094 x9453