Meskwaki Community Members with dogs and cats please join MNR and the ISU Veterinary Public Health Club for a Free Rabies and Mange Clinic!
This clinic will be held in the Meskwaki Public Works Building (1632 305th St, Tama) on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
Once there, you can have your dogs and cats receive a free veterinary physical exam. Learn about rabies and how to prevent it. Get your dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies. Learn about mange, its treatment and how to prevent it. You can also learn about other diseases shared between animals and humans.
Press release from the EPA (Lenexa, Kan., Aug. 15, 2019) – Tribal leaders of the Meskwaki Nation joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 officials in a signing ceremony today as the Tribe assumes responsibilities to administer the Clean Water Act’s Water Quality Standards and Certification programs.
EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford and Meskwaki Chairman Anthony Waseskuk signed certificates at the Meskwaki Nation Settlement, located northeast of Des Moines between U.S. Highway 30 and the Iowa River.
“Today, we celebrate the Meskwaki Nation’s achievement as the first tribe in Region 7 to receive the authority to administer the Clean Water Act’s water quality standards and certification programs,” said Gulliford. “The Meskwaki Nation’s leadership and commitment to water quality efforts light a path for others to follow.”
“The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa is honored to be joined by our friends, neighbors and partners in celebrating this historic moment of achieving Treatment as State (TAS) authority for development of Water Quality Standards (WQS),” said Jarrett Pfrimmer, director of Natural Resources. “Many years of hard work from community members, staff, EPA, and multiple valued partners have made the passing of this milestone possible. We look forward to continuing this hard work in the company and counsel of these and many more partners as we begin developing Tribal WQS and an Iowa River Watershed Consortium. Through these collaborative ventures, we hope to improve the quality of not only our waters, but those of our neighbors throughout the watershed.”
The Meskwaki Nation applied to EPA for Treatment in a Similar Manner as a State (TAS) for the Clean Water Act Section 303(c) Water Quality Standards and 401 Certification programs for all currently held tribal trust lands. After carefully reviewing the Tribe’s application, EPA determined that the Meskwaki Nation met the necessary requirements and approved their application for TAS to administer these programs.
With this authority, the Meskwaki Nation can develop water quality standards for waterways within their reservation, similar to the process used by states under the Clean Water Act. After the Tribe develops the standards, and EPA approves, the Tribe will then administer surface water quality standards, building upon existing successful environmental programs.
Several federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, authorize EPA to treat eligible, federally recognized Indian tribes in a similar manner as a state for managing certain environmental programs. The requirements for applying for TAS are that the tribe must be federally recognized; have a governing body carrying out substantial governmental duties and powers; have appropriate authority; and be capable of carrying out the functions of the program.
For more information on Treatment as a State, and a list of tribes with the same designation, please visit EPA’s website.
Today, August 15, 2019 join the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa and the Environmental Protection Agency in the Signing Ceremony of Regulatory Treatment as a State in the Development of Tribal Water Quality Standards.
This signing ceremony will be from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Meskwaki Tribal Center, located at 349 Meskwaki Rd in Tama, Iowa.
Please accept this invitation and join the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa and the Environmental Protection Agency in the Signing Ceremony of Regulatory Treatment as a State in the Development of Tribal Water Quality Standards.
Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in the Meskwaki Tribal Center, located at 349 Meskwaki Rd, Tama, Iowa.
Environmental Protection Agency: Regional Administrator Jim Gulliford
Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa: Tribal Chairman Tony Waseskuk
Meskwaki Natural Resource Department: Dr. Jarrett Pfrimmer
The Meskwaki Nation welcomes our friends, neighbors and partners in celebrating this historic moment, as Meskwaki Nation moves forward in Water Quality Standards for all residents in the state if Iowa.
Questions or comments, please contact the Natural Resource Department: (641) 484-3511
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.
Attention – Please read the following information regarding the Iowa River here on the Settlement.
The Iowa River is expected to crest at approximately 10 ft (2.5 ft BELOW flood stage) tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, May 21). Central and Northern Iowa are expected to receive heavy rains tonight into Wednesday, so keep up to date with flood predictions using the National Weather Service’s Hydrologic Predictive Service at this link. The observed and forecasted flood stage, seen in the posted image, is updated daily.