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Election Information

“Tribal Sovereignty… the ability to govern ourselves without interference from outside sources.”

Because our ancestors had the tenacity and foresight to purchase land, the Meskwaki Settlement is not an Indian Reservation but private purchased property – a Sovereign Nation.  Our land is held in common by all Tribal members.

The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa is the only federally recognized Indian tribe in Iowa. We have our own constitution, codified laws, 13 full-time police officers and a fully functioning court system.  We are governed by a seven member Tribal Council.

Eligible Tribal members have voting rights and may petition and/or cast votes for Tribal Council member seats (staggered terms), vacancies, council actions, meetings, constitutional changes, provisions, ratifications, etc., as necessary.  Please see the Tribal Constitution for specific details.

As various votes/elections are called and/or deemed necessary, Tribal members can find specific information about them in the member’s only section of this website under “Elections” along with paper postings in the official posting places around the Settlement, by mail, and by contacting any *Election committee member, the Executive Director and/or any Tribal Council member.

Upcoming General Election Dates:


Section. 8 – 4402     First Tuesday of October
Nomination Date: October 1, 2019
No quorum Date: TBD  (must occur before Friday)

Primary Election

Section. 8 – 4403     Second Tuesday of October
Primary Election Date: October 8, 2019
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: September 23, 2019

General Election

Section 8 – 4404      Third Tuesday of October
General Election Date: October 15, 2019
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: September 30, 2019

Runoff Election

Section 8 – 4405      First Tuesday following General Election
Runoff Election Date: October 22, 2019

Election Committee
Chairperson Christina Blackcloud
Vice Chairperson Avis Bear-Bass
Member Ferol Ward
Member Marjorie Buffalo
Member Bryant Bear
Member Vacant
Member Vacant
Alternate Kendra Walker
Alternate Allison Stewart


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