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Young Women Honored

On Sunday, May 7th, Meskwaki 7th and 8th grade young women were honored with awards from our local chapter of the American Association of University women.

Each year teachers write a letter to the AAUW and nominate young women in the core areas of  Math, Science, Social Studies, and English.

The local chapter is comprised of local women who have graduated from college or university and wish to promote the success of future women.

Awards were given to:
Front row: (L – R) Geanna Bear (Literacy – 7), Maliah Ortiz, Sandra Velazquez, Deandra Navarro (Literacy -8), Irene Keahna, Shye Johnson (Social Studies -7), Genesis Ramirez (Science – 8).

Back row: Summer Youngbear (Math -7) , Nina Jean Seymour (Social Studies – 8) Aubrey Roberts (Literacy – 8 -STC)  and Breann Kurth.

Not pictured: Lyrise BlackCloud (Science – 7) and Ahnoong Xiavong (Math – 8).

Congrats to these future Meskwaki leaders.  Dream big and be great!

 

Proposed Changes To Title 6 (Child Support Act)

NOTICE TO PUBLIC

At its regular meeting convened on April 5, 2017 the Tribal Council approved proposed revisions to Title 6. Family Relations, Article II, known as the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa Child Support Act, 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 Child Support Act is immediately available for public review and comment through May 8th, 2017.

– HOW TO GET A COPY OF THE PROPOSED LAW –

WHERE:  You may request a copy of the subject law for your reviews by contacting:

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

SAC & FOX TRIBE OF THE MISSISSIPPI IN IOWA

349 MESKWAKI ROAD, TAMA IOWA 52339

TELEPHONE NUMBER (641) 484-4678

-OR-

Come and talk with the Tribal Child Support Staff

MESKWAKI NATION CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES

Located in the Justice Center, along with Tribal Court

Please call (641) 484-9301

DEADLINEAll comments should be submitted in writing to Meskwaki Nation Child Support Services (mailing address:  349 Meskwaki Rd., Tama IA  52339) no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 08, 2017.

Comment forms can be downloaded here and are available for your convenience, but any comments in any written form will be accepted.

Updates to Title 10 (Enrollment)

NOTICE TO PUBLIC

At its regular meeting convened on April 5, 2017 the Tribal Council approved updates to TITLE 10 (Enrollment) 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 10 is immediately available for public review and comment through May 5, 2017. 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) 484-4678.

All comments should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Attorney General no later than 4: 30 p.m. May 5, 2017.

Tribal Operations Announces New Apprenticeship Program

In the ever-changing world around us, the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa understands the need to develop and implement strategies which will ensure its future sovereignty. One way is through the continued advancement, employment and empowerment of its members. As the group works to help the community reach its full potential, we are proud to announce the implementation of a new apprenticeship training program set to launch this spring.
The new program, known as the Meskwaki Nation Apprenticeship (MNA), has recently hired a coordinator and is working to hire tradespersons who can empower the Meskwaki Nation by preparing career-minded individuals for specialized occupations.
Apprenticeships are a great way for participants to gain paid, hands-on work experience. The MNA will be seeking Tribal participants wishing to earn careers in the carpentry, electrical, engineering, pest control, HVAC and plumbing occupational fields. These paid apprenticeships are expected to last between one and four years. They will provide on-going wage increases to participants who maintain consistent training, complete 144 hours of classroom time per year, and comply with the work standards established for the program.
The MNA led by Apprenticeship Coordinator Mike Brown meets industry regulatory requirements recognized by federal and state governments and is working to ensure the program is consistent with the traditional and cultural values and beliefs of the Tribe. A participant’s success will, however, hinge on his/her commitment to the program.
Brown states, “Some think of ‘learning’ as a completely separate thing from ‘working’ but this is an opportunity for Tribal members to develop new skills while getting paid to do it. It is designed to promote safety related work practices, teach technical skills and increase performance through hands-on practice. The MNA will draw a clear career path to success by blending on-line course work, instructor-led classes, and on-the-job training. In the end, our participants will earn their official Tradesman Certification.
Kent Scheid, Meskwaki Housing Director, adds, “As the Housing Department builds and renovates houses on the Settlement, we are always looking for skilled people to get the job done. This new program will allow us to hire from within and keep these great paying jobs internal instead of having to contract them out.”
The program is in the process of hiring eight certified instructors who will be able to train up to eight apprentices within the first year.

Grassley, Ernst Bill Aligns Criminal Jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement with rest of Indian Country

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Grassley, Ernst Bill Aligns Criminal Jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement with rest of Indian Country

WASHINGTON – Iowan Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst reintroduced legislation to grant the Meskwaki Settlement power to enforce laws for certain crimes committed on its land, bringing its authority in line with that of the vast majority of Indian country.

“Our legislation kicks off the final step in a coordinated process to ensure the Meskwaki enjoy the same authority to enforce criminal law on their land as tribes have in nearly every other part of the country.  It’s important that we respect the autonomy of the Meskwaki to govern themselves and enforce violations of law on their own land involving members of their tribe.  The Iowa state legislature overwhelmingly passed the necessary legislation to grant this authority, and Governor Branstad has signed it.  It’s time now for the U.S. Congress to act and ensure the Meskwaki people are treated the same as nearly every other tribe in the United States,” Grassley said. Continue reading Grassley, Ernst Bill Aligns Criminal Jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement with rest of Indian Country