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Category Archives: Natural Resources

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Annual Rabies and Mange Clinic

Annual FREE Rabies and Mange Clinic on Dec. 7th

Join MNR for the Annual FREE Rabies and Mange Clinic on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 pm at the MSS Maintenance Building (1610 305th St, Tama, IA).

This Free event is for Meskwaki Community Members with dogs and cats. Have your dogs and cats receive a free veterinary physical exam, get your dog(s) and cat(s) vaccinated against rabies!

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Holiday Buffalo Meat Distribution

Save the Date:
Holiday Buffalo Meat Distribution – Wednesday, Dec. 18th!

Meskwaki Natural Resources will have Ground, Stew and Roasts available to Tribal Members on Wednesday, Dec. 18th from 9:00-10:00 AM and from 5:00-6:00 PM at the Tribal Center Entrance.

Holiday Meat Distribution, 5lbs for Enrolled Members. *Receive one extra pound of ground meat if you bring a reusable bag!

Specialty parts available at the South Farm Office: kidney, liver, heart and tongue. Sign up for hides and skulls too!

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Culinary Mentorship Informational Meeting

Meskwaki Food Sovereignty is excited to announce a new mentorship program starting in December 2019.

The Indigenous Foods Culinary Mentorship program will be open to any community member interested in working with ancestral foods using both traditional and modern cooking methods. Find out more information at our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, November 20th.

This Informational Meeting will be on Wed., Nov. 20th starting at 5:00 pm in the Tribal Center Snack Bar. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested but unable to attend please call us at (641) 484-9584.

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MNR Calendar Photo Contest

Meskwaki Natural Resources is having a Calendar Photo Contest – Photos must be submitted digitally to oa.mdnr@meskwaki-nsn.gov by Friday, November 21st no later than 4:30 pm.

MNR Photo Contest Details:

  • Winners will be announced on Nov. 25th
  • Photos can be in black and white and/or color
  • All photos will be rated on a point system:
    • Photos can be taken on or off the Settlement
    • Extra points will be awarded for photos taken on the Settlement
    • Photos must be Natural Resource related or a Natural Resource activity
    • Extra points for clarity, neatness, and quality
  • Photos can be taken by community members and Tribal employees
    • Submit up to four (4) photos per person (1 photo per season)


  • 1st Place – $100
  • 2nd Place – $75
  • 3rd Place – $50
  • 4th Place – $25

The TOP 12 photos will be published in the 2020 MNR Calendar!

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

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Deer Tags Needed if Transporting Deer off of the Settlement

Meskwaki Natural Resources has FREE transportation deer tags at the South Farm office for deer harvested on the Settlement. It is required by the Tribe’s Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with the State of Iowa that you attach a tag onto a deer if you are transporting the animal outside of the Settlement’s boundary, onto a public road (e.g. HWY E49) or to a meat locker. This tag provides proof that the deer was legally harvested on Tribal Land. If you have any questions or concerns, call the MNR office at (641) 484-3511 or email Megan at tech.mdnr@meskwaki-nsn.gov


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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.



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