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105th Meskwaki Annual Powwow Princess Contest

MAPA is now accepting applications for the 105th Meskwaki Annual Powwow Princess Contest!Pick up an application from the Meskwaki Tribal Center Front Desk, the Meskwaki Settlement School Front Desk or download an application online at: http://meskwakipowwow.com/ or the Meskwaki Powwow Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Meskwaki.Powwow/).


  • Sr. Princess: 13-18 years old
  • Jr. Princess: 6-12 years old
  • Meskwaki Descendant living within a 30-mile radius of the Meskwaki Settlement
  • Unmarried with no children
  • Enrolled in school/graduate from High School.

The Princess contest will be held during the Thursday dinner session at 5:00 pm on August 8, 2019.

The current 2018-2019 Meskwaki Annual Powwow Princesses are:

Sr. Princess: Waweatanokwe – Marley Whitefish

Jr. Princess: Byetato – Jenaya Kapayou

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Tribal Council Meeting

A Tribal Council meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2019. It will begin at 5:00 pm and take place in the Tribal Chambers.

Enrolled Tribal Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairman.

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Cooking Demo

Diabetes Program will be hosting a Cooking Demo on June 11th at the Meskwaki Tribal Health Clinic on at Noon.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy grilled pizzas and fun salads!

For more information call the clinic at (641) 484-4094 and ask for Megan or Ashley.

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Presidential Candidate Visits the Meskwaki Nation

Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana and newly announced presidential candidate, made a stop to the Meskwaki Settlement on Friday, May 17th, 2019.  Governor Bullock visited the Wellness Center, Museum, Tribal Court, and the Senior Center before meeting with Tribal Council and community members at the Meskwaki Tribal Center.  Having endorsed Governor Bullock earlier in the week, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller came along on the visit.

Before being elected governor of Montana in 2012, Bullock was the Montana State Attorney General.  In his visit with the community, he spoke about his position on climate change and stated “I believe climate change is real and that humans contribute to it.”   He supports cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 and believes newer technologies like wind and solar energy could help us elevate them.

As governor, Bullock spoke of how he made it an early priority to remove key commercial lending barriers to native communities in Montana.  Seeking to help Native American businesses thrive, he advocated for entrepreneurship and apprenticeship programs by launching a number of initiatives which helped banks more readily approve loans to tribal economies.  He stated that he would continue to work with tribal communities through partnerships like these.

The governor seeks your support in the 2020 election and plans many more visits to Iowa during his presidential run.  If you did not get a chance to hear him today but would like to know more, visit his twitter feed here:  https://twitter.com/GovernorBullock?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Thank you, Governor Bullock, for visiting us today.

See photos from the event here.

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Dalton Youngbear Youth Basketball Camp

Sponsored by: YBP LLC, Meskwaki Nation Youth Program, and Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel.

Registration Fee: $35

You can register in person at Meskwaki Youth Program or online here: http://dybbasketball.com.

Deadline to register: May 31, 2019


Saturday: Ages 6-13 @ 1pm-3:30pm,
Ages 14-17 @ 4pm-6:30pm

Sunday: Ages 6-13 @ 1pm-3:30pm,
Ages 14-17 @ 4pm-6:30pm

Participant maximum per group is 50

Check-in will open 1 hour before.

Location: MYP Outdoor Basketball Court (Tribal Center), Tama, IA.

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Blood Drive

MBCH along with American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, June 10th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Due to continuous natural disasters blood stores around the country are in great need.

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel is located at 1504 305th Street in Tama, Iowa.

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Stop The Bleed Training

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care measures.

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

Learn five simple steps that may save a life – Call 9-1-1. Stay Safe. Stop the Bleeding. Position the Injured. Provide Comfort

Audience: Open to all interested

Where: MBCH Breakout Rooms

When: Classes to be held Monday, June 3rd 2019

Times: 8a-10a, 10a-12p, 1p-3p and 3p-5p

Takes approximately two hours.

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Sahnish Scouts Bring Assistance with a Renewed Search for Rita Papakee

This week a new search is being conducted to find clues and/or the whereabouts of Rita Papakee, a Meskwaki Nation Tribal Member who went missing in January 2015.

The Sahnish Scouts, a non-profit organization led by volunteer Lissa Yellowbird-Chase, arrived on Monday, May 13th and will spend a week and a half searching various places across the Settlement and Tama County.  The Sahnish Scouts have assisted with search and recovery efforts for various missing persons across the Midwest and Northern Plains.  They are now seeking local volunteers to help in the search.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the search is required to attend a mandatory training on Wednesday, May 15th at 9 am at the Meskwaki Tribal Center gym.  Please also bring your own necessary hiking gear including boots, hats, rain cover, and repellent.

Other volunteers will be needed over the next week to assist with cooking dinner for searchers. Those inquiries can be directed to Oliviah Walker at 641-481-5031.  For questions regarding the search, contact Yellowbird-Chase at 701-893-6841. Anyone with tips that may lead to finding Rita can contact the Meskwaki Nation Police Department at 641-484-4844.

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