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Indigenous Peoples’ Day: News Release in Partnership with the University of Northern Iowa

Native and Indigenous communities all over the world embrace the Seventh Generation Principle, a guiding philosophy that in all decisions we must consider how descendants seven generations into the future will be affected. Stewardship—the care we take of the land and the people in our community—is at the heart of the Seventh Generation Principle.
To honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the principle of stewardship, the University of Northern Iowa and the Meskwaki Nation: the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa are joining together to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the importance of stewardship.
The university is located on land formerly stewarded by members of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Meskwaki Nation and other Indigenous tribes. The university acknowledges our responsibility to continue the legacy of stewardship by caring for the land on which the university sets, delivering our mission for the people and communities of Iowa and beyond, and ensuring our actions today lay a strong foundation for generations to come. The Meskwaki join the university in collaboration to help guide faculty, staff, and students in growing the university’s commitment to stewardship and Indigenous peoples and cultures.
The university makes the following commitments to honor Indigenous peoples and cultures:

  • That the university will lift up our Indigenous faculty and staff by exploring and implementing programs and practices that support their personal journeys and affirm their value as members of the Panther Family.
  • That the university will nurture our Indigenous students by honoring their cultures and offering financial and support services that foster their recruitment, retention, and success.
  • That the university will build relationships with Indigenous tribes and organizations to inform our work as we sustain Indigenous cultures.
  • That the university will develop an explicit strategy for maintaining the knowledge learned in this process, and will create an internal framework specifically for the purpose of creating institutional memory not only to curate the knowledge but to also ensure it remains a living and evolving body of useful information accessible in the future to faculty, staff, students, and Indigenous tribes.
  • That the university will continuously evaluate our land stewardship practices in order to promote environmental sustainability.
To grow in this work, the university and the Meskwaki Tribe are proud to announce a series of collaborations that honor our mutual commitment to stewardship and care for Indigenous peoples.

  • Faculty, staff, students, and members of the Meskwaki Tribe, along with other Tribes having historical and present day connection to this land, will develop a Land Stewardship Statement. This statement will not only serve as an acknowledgement of the history of the land on which the university sets, but will also outline a set of principles for environmental and mission stewardship that honor the legacy of Native and Indigenous heritage and culture. A draft will be generated by the workgroup this fall, and will be reviewed by the campus’ shared governance groups before formal adoption.
  • Faculty and staff are working to establish a program for UNI faculty to support the professional development of language and culture teachers at the Meskwaki Settlement School.
  • UNI faculty and staff are working with the Meskwaki Settlement School to lay plans to reinstate a summer camp for Meskwaki youth to learn about the college experience and be empowered to pursue higher education. UNI’s Office of Student Success and Retention is also collaborating with the Meskwaki Settlement School’s Higher Education program to promote college readiness for students at the settlement school.
  • The UNI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is developing scholarships for students who graduate from the Meskwaki Settlement School or South Tama High School to promote their access and success if they choose to enroll at UNI.
  • UNI’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice is working to establish a student organization focused on honoring Native and Indigenous cultures and to enhance campus engagement opportunities.
As UNI embarks on the 145th year since its Founding, the university is quickly approaching the seventh generation of those who have lived, worked, or studied here. We have important work ahead to continue stewarding this land and promoting the success of each individual who will call this place home for years and generations to come.
In Partnership,

Mark A. Nook

President – University of Northern Iowa

Judith Bender

Chair – Meskwaki Tribal Council

Mark A. Nook
Judith Bender
Chair, Meskwaki Tribal Council
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Meskwaki, Inc.: Calling All Artists

Meskwaki, Inc. has an opportunity to display an individuals create work that best represents the Meskwaki Community in a subsidiary catalog.

The art work would be displayed on the cover of the catalog and the artist would also have a page for their biography and further work.  Please note there is no compensation award, however, a gift will be presented.

If you’d like to be recognized in the catalog please submit a photograph or painting to Holly Youngbear-Schrock at holly.youngbear@meskwakiinc.com. For more information or questions you may also call Holly at (641) 484-9567.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 21st.

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Flu Shot Clinics To Be Held at Meskwaki Health Clinic

The Meskwaki Health Clinic will be hosting two FREE Flu Shot Clinics this week, both will be held on the west side of the Clinic – just follow the signs!

Wednesday, October 7 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

  • Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.
  • Flu vaccine preventions millions of illnesses and flu-related visits to the doctor each year.
  • CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season.

Protect yourself and protect your loved ones by getting a flu shot.

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Elder Veterans To Be Honored by Youth Department

From the Youth Department:  Due to COVID and the safety of our Elder Veterans this year we would like to do something different but special. We are still working on all the details and will have more to come, but right now we are asking that if you know someone that is a Veteran or a Meskwaki Community Veteran please have them fill out our form so we can include them in this upcoming Veterans Day.
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Park Expansion Survey

Greetings Parents, Colleagues, & Community Members!

We are happy to announce that our program along with Executive, Health, MNR, Media, Facilities and community members S & J Buffalo, have been working on updating our community park and would love to get your feedback!  We are asking all Parents, Employees, and Jr High/High School Students in the Meskwaki Community to take a few minutes to fill out this survey.  This survey will greatly impact the current facilities that we have at Anagewa “Rainbow” park and will also help us decide our expansion efforts. A great incentive to complete the survey is your chance to win a raffle!

Here is the link to the survey: https://www.meskwakiyouth.org/parks–trails.html

Here is the QR Code to the survey:

The survey will be available until Friday October 16, 2020 4:30PM, and we will announce the winner of the raffle via FB live on Monday October 19, 2020 at 12pm-noon.

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Meskwaki Health Clinic Offers Flu Vaccine

The Meskwaki Health Clinic has flu vaccines available!

FIGHT THE FLU –  Protect Yourself and Protect Your Loved Ones

Get your FREE flu shot!

  • Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.
  • Flu vaccine preventions millions of illnesses and flu-related visits to the doctor each year.
  • CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season.

The flu vaccination is your best defense.

Call the Meskwaki Health Clinic and schedule your appointment for a flu vaccine at (641) 484-4094.

For more Vaccine Information visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html

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