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SYEP Announces Summer Youth Internship Opportunities

The Meskwaki Youth Department is pleased to announce their official job application and job descriptions for our MYP-Summer Youth Employment Enrichment Program (SYEP) have been released. Meskwaki youth applicants are encouraged to fill out an application if interested in any of the summer internship opportunities available this summer and turn in their completed job application to Meskwaki Nation Human Resources before the deadline of May 24, 2019 by 4:30PM.

The Meskwaki Nation’s SYEP provides youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the Meskwaki Tribal Government and private sectors.
Through MYP-SYEP, we strive to provide young people with the opportunity to:
• Earn money and gain meaningful work experience;
• Learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work;
• Gain exposure to various exciting career industries;
• Interact with dynamic working professionals in a positive work environment;
• Lastly short-term employment and training program will introduce our youth to employers who will positively impact their futures.

Meskwaki Youth Program would like to thank our Host Departments-Apprenticeship, Finance, Health/Diabetes, Media, Meskwaki Settlement School, Meskwaki Travel Plaza without your help we would not be able to provided structured job opportunities for our youth. I would also like to recognize our Tribal Council, Executive Staff, Human Resources Staff, Finance Staff, JPO, Higher Ed, Mel from STC, and Attorney General’s Office for all the support. SYEP would not be successful without all of you!

To see the job opportunities CLICK HERE.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Byemibaogea – Tashina Azure
Meskwaki Youth Development Director

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.