The Meskwaki Nation hosted The 105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow which took place August 8th-11th, 2019 on the Meskwaki Settlement, four miles west of Tama, Iowa. The Annual Powwow consists of Tribal Ceremonial Dances, Colorful Native Regalia, Food Vendors, Arts and Crafts, and Exhibits. The powwow is a four-day event used to celebrate the end of summer. Although dance styles and content have evolved over the years, the Meskwaki still consider the event a time of reaffirmation and hope, of kinship and friendship, and of celebration. The Meskwaki’s are thankful for the opportunity to share a part of who they are as Meskwaki, with you.
On Wednesday, August 14th the Meskwaki Health clinic hosted their Fun Walk/Run at the Meskwaki Tribal Center. All participants received t-shirts, a door prize entry ticket. At the end of the Walk/Run fruit, vegetables, drinks were available along with dinner catered by Kayella’s. Immediately follow the Walk/Run and dinner, the Community Engagement Meeting regarding the Meskwaki Recreation Center with ISG was held. The community had the opportunity to share their thoughts and provide additional input on the upcoming REC Center building. During the meeting, attendees had the chance to experience virtual reality with a 3D tour through the Ho-Chunk District One Community Center which showcased the project’s concepts and plan elements. At the conclusion of this meeting gift cards and four bicycles were raffled off to attendees.
The Meskwaki Nation and Meskwaki Nation Police Department are pleased to welcome Officer Jason Gudenkauf. Jason was sworn in by Chairman, Anthony Waseskuk. Jason joins our team with a college education and 15 years of law enforcement experience between the Johnston and Marshalltown, Iowa Police Departments. Please welcome Jason to the community when you see him!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the afternoon session of the 105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow, scheduled to occur on Friday, August 9th, has been canceled. This will affect Friday afternoon’s session only. Friday evening’s Grand Entry will be held at 7 PM. All other sessions scheduled for Thursday, August 8th through Sunday, August 11th will be held as planned.
We invite you to join us for any or all of the other sessions scheduled. Grand Entry will be held at 1 PM and 7 PM daily. Watch while Native American singers and dancers perform traditional songs and dances in their most beautiful regalia. Also enjoy historical exhibits, arts and crafts, food and fun.
The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (A.K.A. the Meskwaki Nation) is the only federally recognized tribe in Iowa. By holding cultural events like the Annual Powwow, we wish to share with others what is truly distinctive about the Meskwaki way of life, while promoting equality and encouraging cultural awareness. We consider the powwow a time of reaffirmation of hope, kinship, and friendship. We invite you to join us.
Originally known as the “Green Corn Dance”, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow is a time of celebration historically associated with harvest. It is held on the southernmost portion of the Settlement, adjacent to the Iowa River. Follow the signs from the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel to the powwow grounds, four miles west of Tama.
Please plan a visit to see the powwow this weekend as we hope you will experience an exciting moment with the Meskwaki Nation and capture a glimpse of our culture and traditions. For more information, visit meskwakipowwow.com
On Friday, July 26th Presidential Candidate Julian Castro visited the Meskwaki Settlement for a Meet and Greet hosted by the Tama County Democrats. Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama and is a former San Antonio, Texas, mayor, is one of some 25 seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. He is also the first 2020 Presidential candidate to create a policy specifically for & about Indigenous communities. “Our Indigenous communities are rich with their own history, with so many different assets that they bring to this country of ours,” Castro said. “I want to make sure that we respect their sovereignty, that we honor our treaty obligations and that we recognize that doing right by Indigenous communities is not only a matter of the right thing to do but the constitutional thing to do.” Christina Blackcloud honored Castro with a beaded medallion for taking time out of his schedule to visit the Meskwaki Settlement. Guests also had the chance to meet and speak with the candidate.
We invite you to join us for the 105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow. Watch while Native American singers and dancers perform traditional songs and dances in their most beautiful regalia. Also enjoy historical exhibits, arts and crafts, food and fun. Please join us August 8th through the 11th on the Meskwaki Settlement, four miles west of Tama. Sessions begin at 1 and 7 PM daily. For more information, visit meskwakipowwow.com
On Saturday July 13th, the Meskwaki Nation celebrated the end result of a policy that was begun by our People to have a home in order to grow crops, raise children and practice our own Meskwaki religion without interference. We honor our grandfathers and grandmothers who came here, fought to stay, and endured the deprivations that now, more than a century later, seem far away. The annual celebration on July 13th provides the Tribe, its friends, and surrounding community a chance to reflect on this great shared history and an opportunity to communicate our values and pride to the children. The celebrated day began with a fun run/walk, followed by the Robert Morgan Post 701 Veterans flag raising. Shortly after, the Meskwaki Nation Day committee put on a volleyball and bags tournament, plus the Meskwaki Youth Program hosted a basketball tournament that all took place outside of the Tribal Center which ended just in time for supper. After supper, the celebration moved inside the Tribal Center in which a powwow took place. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the Meskwaki Nation Day Celebration a success.
On Wednesday, June 10th Meskwaki Red Earth Gardens, Meskwaki Agriculture & Food Sovereignty, Meskwaki Diabetes Program, and the Meskwaki Youth Program hosted a Summer Solstice Milkweed Festival that took place at Red Earth Gardens, which is located behind Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. The community were invited for a Fun Run/Walk, followed by a meal which featured: Milkweed, Bison, Walleye, Corn, Beans, Squash, Frybread, and other foraged foods.
Meskwaki Health Clinic Patients & Family Members with Diabetes are eligible for free Red Earth Garden veggies all season long. Veggies are available at Red Earth Gardens Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. You can be eligible for up to $30.00 of veggies each week, no voucher needed. For more information, call (641) 484-4094 and ask for Megan or Ashley.
On Wednesday, July 3rd the Meskwaki Health Clinic hosted a 4th of July Barbecue for the community to come together to eat and play games. A raffle run/walk took place, followed by a bags tournament.
Photos by Summer Youngbear.