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Staff & Workforce Development Program

Through education, career opportunities and on-going staff training, the Staff Workforce Development Program (SWDP) seeks to engage Tribal members, their descendants, staff, and the community as a whole, to help them reach their full potential.

The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa faces important social, economic, and cultural challenges as it enters the 21st century.  In order to be successful in meeting those challenges, SWDP works to ensure Meskwaki sovereignty now, and for future generations, by creating career opportunities within the Meskwaki Nation.

SWDP provides:

  • Workforce Development Workshops – open to the community
  • Career Planning
  • Job seeking skills and assistance
  • Resume writing and interview prep
  • Skill development opportunities
  • Staff development
  • Succession planning
  • Management training curriculum
  • Clifton Strengths Assessment and Coaching Services

The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa strives for a highly qualified and productive workforce as an employer. In the ever-changing world around us and with the advancement of technology, new strategies need be implemented to ensure the success of the organization. The Tribe ensures that its staff members are highly skilled and effective communicators.

The Tribe also recognizes that First Nations people have historically lacked meaningful economic and employment opportunities. The advancement, employment, and empowerment of Indian people is a priority of the Tribe.  By exercising sovereign authority, the Tribe’s employment, training, and advancement opportunities are prioritized for Tribal members before other Indian candidates, and other Indian candidates are considered before non-Indian candidates.

In order to create and maintain exceptional staffing and empower First Nations people, the program has been authorized by the 2015 Strategic Plan and the Tribal Council.  Programming seeks to develop and implement Tribal Succession, where internal staff members are recommended for advancement. Trainings, development strategies, and incentives for longevity are also utilized and serve to measure the qualitative accomplishments of the Tribe’s workforce.

This program is under the direction of the Human Resources Department which is located in the white portable building behind the Tribal Center.

Human Resources Director Azadeh Tavakoli
Human Resources Assistant Linda Morgan
Staff Workforce & Development Coordinator Traci Zoffka


Physical Address: Mailing Address: Phone: 641.484.9238
White Portable Building Behind Tribal Center
Tama, IA 52339
349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339
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