All posts by Shannon Mitchell

Kinship Garden Groundbreaking & Planting

2019 will be our first growing season in the Kinship Garden, a communal space where community members can grow together.  Those who participate will be able to share in the harvest.

If you are interested in being a part of the Kinship garden, join us at the groundbreaking and planting!

The garden is located on the hilltop south of the Health Clinic.  Light refreshments will be served, then we will plant the garden.  For questions, call Meskwaki Agriculture and Food Sovereignty (641) 484-3511.

2019 Graduation Powwow

On Saturday, May 25th, 2019 the Meskwaki Community gathered to honor the graduating class of 2019 with a special powwow celebration. Festivities included a Grand Entry at 1 PM and 7 PM along with Meskwaki games in the afternoon, a dinner and the Higher Education Department’s annual quilt presentation. MC’s were Tracie Kapayou and Danielle Seymour. Host drum was the Coon Hunters. AD Odie OldBear, Head Man Keith Keahna, Head Woman Enriqueta Wanatee-Diego.

View photos from the event here!

School Board Elections Announced

At a Special Meeting on June 6, 2019, the Sac and Fox Tribal Council voted to establish the Meskwaki Settlement School Board. The board will initially be established through an election process on July 16, selecting from those individuals who have submitted a letter of interest and who meet the requirements.

School Board Member Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be either an enrolled Meskwaki Tribal Member OR a non-enrolled Meskwaki Descendant
  • Must have an immediate family member who currently attends Meskwaki Settlement School. (Immediate family members include: children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, and nephews)

The board will consist of 6 members with staggered terms. 3 members will initially serve a 2-year term and 3 members will initially serve a 4-year term.

In lieu of nominations, please submit your letter of interest if you are interested in serving on the MSS Board.

Eligible voters include: Meskwaki Tribal Members aged 21 and over, and parents/guardians of students currently attending Meskwaki Settlement School.

Once elected, the School Board will work with the Tribal Council to develop School Board Policies.

A School Board Election will be held on July 16, 2019, selecting from those who have submitted a letter of interest. Letters of interest are due by July 5, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.

Please submit your letter of interest by July 5 to:

 Sac and Fox Tribal Council Re: School Board

349 Meskwaki Road

Tama, IA 52339

You may mail it in or drop it off at the Tribal Center front desk.


Employee Appreciation Day Photos

On Friday, May 24, 2019 Tribal Operations held their annual Employee Appreciation Day at the Tribal Center. It began with a walk, followed by lunch, bags tournament and a dance-off competition. Staff was recognized for their years of service.

Bags Tournament Winners:

1st Place – Jason Jefferson & Celena Johnson

2nd Place – Misty Jefferson & Adam Ledvina

3rd Place – Donetta Wanatee & Crystal Mzhickteno

4th Place – Orrie Lasley, Jr & Tamara Mauskemo

Dance-off Winner:

1st Place – Ira Roberts


Mother’s Day Fun Run

On Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, a special event sponsored by MNCSS was held which included a fun run/walk and supper to educate families on financial empowerment. Participants followed a one mile walk/run course with financial empowerment signage placed for reading along the way. Dinner followed at Senior Services. Winners in six categories won trophies for 1st place. Winners were: 0-12 Male: Hepan Azure, 0-12 Female: Ashlyn Kapaou, 13-17 Male: Isaac Shuckahosee, 13-17 Female: Ashton Large, 18+ Male: Jarius Bear, 18+ Female: Abigail Iron Shell

See photos HERE!

Tribal Council Welcomes New Police Chief and BIA Officers

On Thursday, May 30th, 2019, Tribal Council and the community welcomed Chief Michael Longhat and Officer Micheal Cizek to the Meskwaki Nation. The officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs came to the Meskwaki Nation to assist the Meskwaki Police Department as it recruits additional team members.  At the community event, new Police Chief Jacob Molitor was sworn in.  Chief Molitor began working as a police officer at the MNPD in 2012 and was promoted to detective in 2016.  He has been dedicated to the community for many years.

Molitor received his Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University Mankato and received his Masters of Science in Public Safety Executive Leadership through St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Congratulations, Chief Molitor, on your new position with the MNPD. Thank you for your dedication and leadership to the Meskwaki Community.