All posts by Kiyann Pushetonequa

Hemp Dept. Name Change

The Tribal Council is soliciting potential names for a new tribally chartered corporation which will grow and process hemp on the Settlement into a variety of potential products to be marketed by the tribe. Deadline for recommendations is December 18th at 12:00pm.
If you have any recommendations, please email
Joseph VanGorp at

Shop With A Cop Event

MNPD was excited to host its first annual Shop with a Cop Event on Sunday, December 1st! We had the chance to meet and spend time with eight children (grades 1-6). We had two groups of four children. The children were nominated by Principals and Teachers from the Meskwaki Settlement School (4) and South Tama County School (4). Each child had their own dedicated police officer partner to build a relationship with and of course SHOP!!

The kids experimented with the police equipment, went shopping at Wal-Mart, enjoyed an awesome meal at the tribal center, listened to Christmas music, and wrapped gifts as a team. Chad Keahna, Nisan Kapayou and Tonya Bear donated additional gifts for the children’s families.

We had tons of community support for the event. Leigh Lasley, Allison Lasley, Tonya Bear and her Lil “Buddy” the elf, Kiyanna Pushetonequa, Kayla Wanatee, Sal Diego, and more all contributed to the event. We want to give an extra special shout out to Kay Waseskuk for taking the role of head cook. “We couldn’t have done it without you Kay!!”

We could feel the positive impact from the event and could not be happier about it. We had a great time and are already looking forward to next year! -MNPD

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Guest Speaker Pee Wee Harrison at MHS

On Tuesday, November 5th Meskwaki High School held an assembly with Guest Speaker Les “Pee Wee” Harrison who is a former Harlem Globetrotter. Also in attendance were Iowa Star Conference South High School students. Pee Wee has a nationally recognized Youth Character Education program (Anti-Bullying-A.P.P.L.A.U.S.E.) and inspires transitional change from Management to Leadership with his corporate motivational speaking. Pee Wee tours the country, using his crowd-pleasing ball tricks engaging students while promoting messages of civic responsibility.

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2019 Fall Harvest

The 2019 Fall Harvest occurred on Wednesday, October 17th, which was held by the Meskwaki Family Fun Night Committee. The event had activities such as: pumpkin decorating, face painting, cookie decorating, pumpkin and squash bowling, caramel apple bar, pumpkin patch, pie-in-the-face booth sponsored by MNPD, and pony rides provided by the Wolfe Ranch of Quakerdale. Dinner, hot apple cider and hot chocolate were also provided to attendees.

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Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

On Wednesday, October 2nd our Diabetes Program brought the community together to be apart of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative. The Healthiest State Initiative promotes health and well-being by contributing to programs that make it easier for Iowans to live healthier. Iowa is #21 in the nation when it comes to being physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. By taking part, the Diabetes Program held a walk/run in the morning at the Meskwaki High School for students and staff. In the evening, the program held a fun run for the whole community to participate in, which took place both inside and outside of the health clinic. The community fun run included rain, t-shirts, giveaways, and snacks.

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MSS Homecoming

On Friday, September 20th the Meskwaki Settlement School’s Homecoming started with Coronation and their Homecoming Court, which took place in the high school gym. At the Coronation, Nisan Kapayou and Payton Tahahwah were named Meskwaki’s Homecoming King and Queen. Followed by the Coronation was the parade. After the parade was the pep rally which took place back in the gym. Then a chili cook-off occurred before the homecoming football game.

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Green Corn Festival

On September 13,  Ag & Food Sovereignty hosted our first annual Green Corn Festival! This seasonal meal and celebration took the place of past years’ Fall Harvest Celebration. We opted to host the event at the Powwow Grounds, and after a meal that highlighted a bounty of seasonal vegetables, we celebrated the season with some harvest dances.

Special thanks to all who helped make this event a success:

Elena Terry, Yusuf Bin-Rella, and Desse Sheridan who prepared a delicious seasonal meal. Kay Waseskuk and the Meskwaki Youth Program for sponsoring youth activities and raffles. Tyler Lasley for being an excellent MC. Galen Thompson, Tyler Lasley, Luke Kapayou, Dugee Tyon, Levi, and Maximus – who stepped in to be our drum group.

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