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Category Archives: Natural Resources

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Free Rabies and Mange Clinic

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.

For questions, contact MNR at (641) 484-3511.

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Meskwaki Nation is 1st in Region to Receive Authority to Administer Water Quality Standards

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.



See photos here.

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Treatment as a State Signing Ceremony Program Agenda

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.

To view the complete program CLICK HERE

Program Agenda:

  • 11:30 am – Opening Ceremony
      • Color Guard
      • Drum Service
      • Invocation Prayer
  • 11:45 am – Welcome
      • Anthony Waseskuk, Tribal Chairman
  • 11:50 am – Meskwaki Natural Resources Water Program
      • Dr. Jarrett Pfrimmer, Meskwaki Natural Resource Director
  • 11:55 am – Tribal Water
      • Johnathon Buffalo, Historical Preservation Director
  • 12:00 pm – Region 7 Administrator
      • Jim Gulliford, EPA Regional Administrator
  • 12:05 pm – Signing of Treatment as a State (TAS) and Certificate of Achievement
      • Tribal Chairman and EPA Administrator
  • 12:10 pm – Closing Remarks
      • Dr. Jarrett Pfrimmer, Meskwaki Natural Resource Director
  • 12:10 pm – Closing Prayer
  • 12:15 pm – Refreshments / Social / Media Availability

Treatment as a State (TAS) – without a regulatory TAS the Tribe is limited to continuation of surface water monitoring without any authority or say in what flows on to tribal lands.

  • TAS is a required step within the EPA water program in achieving Tribal Water Quality Standards (WQS).
  • With an EPA approved regulatory TAS, the Tribe has the capacity and authority to draft Tribal Water Quality Standards.
  • WQS provide the regulatory and scientific foundation for protecting water quality under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
  • WQS not only set water quality goals for the Tribe’s water bodies, but also serve as the regulatory basis for establishing water quality based treatment controls and strategies.
  • To administer a WQS program under the CWA, a tribe must apply to EPA for authorization to be treated in a similar manner as a state (TAS).
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Join us for a Signing Ceremony

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

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Tonight: Bat Presentation

Reminder that this evening, Dr. Russ Benedict will be visiting the Settlement to mist-net bats and to give a presentation on them.

Join the MNR staff to experience the not-so-scary bats up close and personal!

Meet in the MSS High School parking lot (west side) at 7:45 pm. There will be a short presentation followed by the netting of bats.

What to bring: Headlamp or Flashlight, bug spray, and sturdy shoes.

Call MNR if you have any questions at (641) 484-3511.

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Public Safety Message on Extreme Heat

Take a moment to read this important public safety message regarding extreme heat and warning signs of heat stroke.

During the extreme heat please follow these precautions:

  • Take frequent breaks, find an air conditioned space even if only for a short time.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing.
  • Check on the elderly.
  • Make sure pets have shade and water!

Know the warning signs of heat stroke:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Not sweating
  • Red, hot and dry skin
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • May pass out

Call 9-1-1 and take immediate action to cool the person down until help arrives.

From the Meskwaki Tribal Response/Emergency Management

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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.

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Basic Weather Spotter Training on Friday

Join us on Friday, June 7th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the MBCH Convention Center Break Out Room for Basic Weather Spotter Training.

Instructors are National Weather Service Meteorologists from Des Moines.

Community members welcome!

Learn how to identify and report severe weather, spotter safety, severe weather climatology in Iowa, thunderstorm structure, threats and more.

Sponsored by MBCH Security Dept. and MNR Tribal Response. For more information call (641) 484-3511 ext 9588.

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Iowa River Flood Status

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.

Thanks for your time,

Jake  Hill

Water Program Lead

Meskwaki Natural Resources

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