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Category Archives: Natural Resources

Information posted here collects in the right hand column of the MNR webpage as well as on the Tribal website’s “In The News” page. The post automatically posts to the MNR Facebook page.

MNR Wildland Firefighter Meeting

MNR is hosting a meeting to discuss how to become a certified wildland firefighter. In this meeting, we will discuss the basic qualifications to obtain your “red card” and the opportunities you would have upon complete certification. Basic qualifications include online training, a field day, a physical and conditioning test. Upon receiving your red card, you will be able to assist MNR with controlled burns and help fight wildfires across the country if desired.

Call Brandon at 641-484-3511 fi you have questions prior to the meeting or if you are unable to attend the meeting.

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Postponed: Buffalo Meat Distribution

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this distribution has been moved to Monday, November 26th from 9:00-10:00 am and 5:00-6:00 pm at the Tribal Center Front Entrance MNR will have 5 lbs of buffalo meat. They’ll have stew, ground and roasts.

**Receive on extra pound of ground meat if you bring a reusable bag!

Specialty parts will be available at South Farm: Kidney, liver, heart and tongue. You can sign up for hides, skulls and rib bones too!

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MNR Tree ID Walk

Tuesday, October 16th the MNR staff will be hosting a tree identification walk along the trail from the Tribal Center to the School. Staff will discuss important characteristics in order to identify key species on the Settlement.

Meet at the Tribal Center back parking lot (north of the Human Resources building) at 5:30 pm and please bring weather appropriate clothing, walking shoes and water.

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Meskwaki Round Basket Class

MNR will be hosting their first Meskwaki Round Basket Class. This is a beginners class and will be limited to 5 participants.

Basket class will be taught by Toni Lasley, her baskets were on display during We We Ni To Tti Ki.

Please note: This is a two day class, participants must be able to attend both days.

Dates: October 8th and 9th

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm both days

Location: MNR Office – South Farm

Items to bring: Scissors, cloths pins (with the metal spring or a small clip), ruler, pencil, snacks to share, water bottle or pop to drink.

**Lunch will be provided

To register: Call the MNR Office (641) 484-3511

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Thursday, Sept 27th – MNR Water Surface Meeting

Thursday, Sept 27th – MNR Water Surface Meeting,

Date: Thursday, September 27th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Tribal Chambers

Come talk with MNR staff about the quality of the surface waters on the Meskwaki Settlement. We are looking for people’s concerns and wants from the surface waters.

This information will be used for the determination of designated uses within the drafting of water quality standards.

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MNR Receives Grant

Press Release For Immediate Distribution: Meskwaki Nation, Tama, Iowa

MESKWAKI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AWARDED PUBLIC SAFETY GRANT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
U.S. Department of Justice awards grant for Conservation Initiative

The Meskwaki Department of Natural Resources (MNR), a part of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation), was recently awarded a four year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $373, 511 to be used for environmental protection, education, and law enforcement. It plans to use the funds to enforce laws related to fish and wildlife, forests, waters, and wetlands.

“MNR receives several calls per month concerning hunting, fishing, harvesting, trespassing, and wildlife issues. With the award, we plan to hire a conservation officer to enhance our Conservation Initiative,” explains Meskwaki Natural Resources Director Jarrett Pfrimmer. “The mission of our department is to preserve, conserve, and restore the natural resources of the Tribe so they may uphold their sovereign rights, provide for future generations, strengthen the Meskwaki culture, and protect Grandmother Earth. We are pleased to be able to hire additional staffing to help ensure issues involving our Natural Resources Codes (Tribal Constitution/Title 14) will be handled by an individual who specializes in Natural Resource codes and investigation. It is imperative to supporting the Meskwaki culture and will help to ensure Tribal members can continue practicing their way of life.”

The grant includes allocations for needed law enforcement equipment including a vehicle, uniforms, computers, etc. “The position will ensure we can continue to meet the requirements of the 2001 agreement with the State of Iowa regarding hunting, fishing, and environmental protection,” states Executive Director of Tribal Operations, Bessie Scott. “We are pleased and encouraged that the Department of Justice values the importance of our mission to the Meskwaki people.”

The 2001 agreement with the State of Iowa states, “The Tribe agrees to fairly, uniformly, and diligently enforce the provisions of its laws, rules, and regulations governing hunting and fishing on the Settlement. However, nothing in this Agreement shall preclude the Tribe from enacting and enforcing laws, rules, and regulations, which benefit Tribal members, including special provisions or considerations for customary, traditional, and religious hunting and fishing or provisions which prohibit all hunting and fishing on the Settlement by anyone other than Tribal members”.

Included in the grant is an allocation for programming to increase the number of public education classes offered to Tribal members in the areas of hunting, fishing, personal safety, and overall recruitment and retention of outdoor enthusiasts. Pfrimmer states that furthering public education in these areas has been a frequent request from community members and one of the reasons he submitted the grant application. The department plans to hold a hunter’s education course for community members interested in learning more and/or looking to receive their hunter’s education certificate to hunt off the Settlement.

For questions or to learn more about the Conservation Initiative, contact MNR Director Jarrett Pfrimmer at (641) 484-3511 or by email at director.mdnr@meskwaki-nsn.gov.

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MNR Tree ID Walk

MNR Staff will be holding a tree identification walk along the trail from the Tribal Center to the School. Staff will discuss important characteristics in order to identify key species on the Settlement.

When: October 9th 6:00-7:00 pm

Where: Tribal Center Back Parking Lot (North of the Human Resources Building)

Please bring: Weather appropriate clothing, walking shoes, bug spray and water.

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