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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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)