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New Interim Chief of Police Appointed

Effective March 20, 2019, The Meskwaki Nation Tribal Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Chris Saunsoci as Interim Chief of the Meskwaki Nation Police Department.  Saunsoci, who first worked for the tribe during its initial activation in 2005, comes with 18 years of experience in Indian Country Law Enforcement Administration.   Under his leadership, the tribe will be implementing new accountability measures within the police department, as well as supporting police staff through the transition.

Interim Chief Saunsoci is committed to working with the Meskwaki Nation on developing stronger community policing strategies, supports for community members in crisis, and ensuring that the police force is fully trained and responsive to the unique needs of our community.  “My primary objective is to protect the culture and way of life on the Meskwaki Settlement and keep peace on tribal lands,” Saunsoci advised.

“I worked here 11 years ago and enjoyed the people, culture, and entire area.  With the recent repeal of the 1948 Act, I wanted to come back to be a part of the transition.  I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to assist in this new beginning.”

Meskwaki community members with any past or current issues stemming from police interactions are encouraged to set up a time to meet with the Executive Director or Deputy Director through Executive Assistant Tamara Mauskemo at (641) 484-9230.  Interim Chief Saunsoci is also available to meet with community members and can be contacted at (641) 484-4844.


South Farm Closed

Due to rising water, South Farm will be closed on Friday, March 15th.  Staff will be utilizing alternate work spaces today.  For more information or for help finding a staff member normally located at Meskwaki Natural Resources and/or Meskwaki Family Services, contact the Tribal Office for details at (641) 484-4678.


Rain and snow melt has caused rapid flash flooding across the Settlement and the State. The Iowa River has risen 6.5 ft since 10pm Monday night. Accommodations are available for residents/families in need of relocation/evacuation. If you are in need of a room, contact deputy executive director, Olivia Walker at 641-481-5031. If you are in need of immediate assistance please dial 911. Please be conscious and watch out for flash flooding and flooding from the Iowa River. Do not attempt to drive through standing water across roadways. The possibility of releasing ice jams can cause water levels to rise fast. To monitor the Iowa River water level and view the 7 day prediction at the powwow grounds, please visit Predictions as of 9 pm on Tuesday show cresting height of approximately 13 ft, which is similar to the previous flood in October 2018.

Spring Equinox Community Meal Planned

Join Meskwaki Food Sovereignty for our upcoming Spring Equinox Community Meal taking place Tuesday, March 19 at 5:00 pm at the Tribal Center. We will be celebrating maple sugar, garden planning, and all things spring! Meal will be served between 5:30 and 6:00 pm with other activities taking place throughout the evening. More details to be announced soon!

This event is free and open to everyone, regardless of tribal enrollment status or residency. All are welcome! We look forward to celebrating Spring with you.

Questions – please call 484-9507, or feel free to message us here.

Time To Get Your Taxes Done!

Just as a reminder:  FREE tax appointments are available  for anyone in the community (members, descendants, and all community members/families).   If you know anybody needing their taxes done, have them call 641.484.9501 to schedule an appointment. We are accepting appointments through our Economic Development Office now  through April 15th.


Meskwaki Member to participate in American Council of Young Political Leaders’ Exchange to Macedonia

Christina Blackcloud, Meskwaki Nation, has been invited by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) to participate in a two-week exchange to Macedonia, Europe occurring March 4 – 15, 2019.

“I am honored and excited to travel abroad,” stated Blackcloud. “I was nominated in 2016 by former Iowa Senator and ACYPL alumna, Jeff Danielson. The ACYPL exchange is highly competitive. The group advised that an exchange might not even happen during my time with them. You can imagine my surprise when I received the phone call! I look forward to understanding governmental policies and plan to focus on self-governance, aging, environmental, and economic development.”

Twice, Christina was elected and attended the Democratic National Convention, participating as an at-large delegate for Iowa.
Each year, with support from the United States Department of State, their international partner organizations, and a wide range of corporations, foundations, and individuals, ACYPL conducts a variety of exchanges for rising political leaders from across the United States and around the world. ACYPL has a network of over 8,500 alumni in 128 countries and territories.

ACYPL programs are designed for bipartisan groups of emerging leaders under the age of 40 to experience other country’s political environment. For 8-14 days, participants visit the capital and 1-2 other cities to meet with government officials, political parties, elected leaders, policy experts, and members of the business community.”