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May
17
Fri
Pride Week Powwow @ Meskwaki Settlement School - West Baseball Field
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Pride Week Powwow @ Meskwaki Settlement School - West Baseball Field

Join us in honoring Meskwaki High School Class of 2019 on Friday, May 17th.

All singers and dancers are invited!

5:00 pm – Meal in the Commons

7:00 pm – Grand Entry at the West Baseball Field at MSS

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May
19
Sun
Meskwaki Settlement School Graduation @ Meskwaki Settlement School
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
May
21
Tue
Nomination Meeting @ Meskwaki Tribal Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nomination Meeting @ Meskwaki Tribal Center

On April 8, 2019, the Tribal Council issued an Order for Special Election due to a resignation of a Tribal Council member, Harvey Davenport, Jr. The Special Election will fill one vacancy for the remainder of the term ending on November 2021.

On May 3, 2019, the Election Committee issued a notice for a Special Election to be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in the Tribal Gymnasium at the Sac and Fox Tribal Center on the Meskwaki Settlement from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Upon written request, absentee ballots will be made available to those who are temporarily living away from the Meskwaki Settlement as defined by the Title 8 (Elections) Article II, Section 8-2103 (b). Requests for an absentee ballot can be made via the following:

  1. Faxed to: Sac and Fox Tribal Offices, Fax Number: (641) 484-5424

Attn: Election Committee

  1. Mailed to: Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

Attn: Election Committee

349 Meskwaki Rd.

Tama, IA  52339

  1. Email: committee@meskwaki-nsn.gov

All absentee ballot requests by mail must be postmarked by Monday, May 13, 2019.

All requests by fax or e-mail must be received by Monday, May 13, 2019.

Notice of nomination meeting

A Nomination Meeting will be held on May 21, 2019 in the gymnasium at the Sac & Fox Tribal Center on the Meskwaki Settlement at 7:00 p.m.

If the attendance is less than 30% of eligible voters of the Tribe at the first Nomination Meeting, a second Nomination will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7 pm.

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May
23
Thu
MSS Elementary Track & Field Meet @ Meskwaki Settlement School
May 23 all-day
General Meeting @ MBCH Convention Center
May 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
General Meeting @ MBCH Convention Center

Tribal Council has scheduled a General Meeting to take place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the MBCH Convention Center.

Agenda:

5:00 pm – Dinner served in the Meskwaki Veterans Convention Center.

6:00 pm – Meeting

  1. Welcome – Anthony Waseskuk, Chairman
  2. General Updates – Tribal Council
  3. Meskwaki Natural Resources – Jarrett Pfrimmer, Director
  4. Meskwaki Nation Child Support Services – Allison Lasley, Director
  5. Meskwaki Family Services – Mylene Wanatee, Director
  6. Health – Rudy Papakee, Director
  7. Question / Comment Period

*Anyone currently banned from the casino must request a temporary waiver of their ban by writing a letter to:

Sac and Fox Gaming Commission, 1504 305th St., Tama, IA, 52339

The Gaming Commission must receive requests no later than May 13th. Letter may be handwritten or you may pick up and sign a pre-filled letter at the Tribal Center Front Desk.

**Personnel matters will not be discussed during a public forum.

***Enrolled Tribal Members are encouraged to attend.

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May
24
Fri
MSS Pre-K Graduation @ Meskwaki Settlement School
May 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Have your child bring their two-piece dress or shirt to change in to for graduation at 2:30 pm at the Meskwaki Settlement School.

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May
25
Sat
Graduation Powwow – Save The Date! @ Meskwaki Settlement School
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Graduation Powwow - Save The Date! @ Meskwaki Settlement School

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019

1:00 PM – Grand Entry

4:00 PM – Meskwaki Games – Men’s Moccasin Games & Women’s Bone Dice

5:00 PM – Dinner – Bring a side dish to share

7:00 PM – Grand Entry (Grads must participate in GE to receive quilt on stage)

7:45 PM – Quilt Presentation

HEAD STAFF:
MC: Tracie Kapayou & Danielle Seymour
AD: Jerod Pushetonequa & Odie OldBear
Host Drum: Coon Hunters
Head Man: Keith Keahna
Head Woman: Enriqueta Wanatee-Diego

SPECIALS:
Tiny Tots (0-6 Years Old & must be in regalia) Sponsored by Kallie Roberts and Family

Spot Dances (Intertribals) Sponsored by Marybelle Armajo and Family

Giveaway and Stop Dance Special – Honoring all adopted foster care children. Sponsored by Vaughn Miller and Family

Men’s Woodland Special (18+) Sponsored by Jovani Victor and Family.

Women’s Jingle Old Style vs Contemp Style – Sponsored by Tyra Joy and Family

Women’s Traditional Applique’ – Sponsored by Marley Whitefish and Family

Men’s Grass Dance (18+) – Honoring Zachary OldBear, Zane OldBear & Danan Kapayou. Sponsored by Tracie Kapayou and Family

Stylin’ Footwork Special – Honoring the Late Myron Isaac Wanatee Sr. and Carmen Marlene (Lasley) Wanatee. Sponsored by Enriqueta Carmen Wanatee-Diego and Family.

Men’s Moccasin Games and Women’s Bone Dice – Sponsored by Meskwaki Higher Education

*Calling all drums, dancers and singers/singing groups to celebrate with our graduates! EVERYONE WELCOME!

If you can’t join us for the evening, check out our livestreaming of the event on www.meskwaki.org!

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May
29
Wed
Weather Spotter Training @ MBCH Convention Center - Breakout Room
May 29 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Weather Spotter Training @ MBCH Convention Center - Breakout Room

Weather Spotter Training with National Weather Service Meteorologists

Learn how to:

  • Identify and report severe weather
  • Spotter safety
  • Severe weather climatology in Iowa
  • Thunderstorm structure and threats
  • And more!

When: Wednesday, May 29th from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: MBCH Convention Center – Breakout Room

To Register call (641) 484-3511 ext 9588. Leave your name, phone number, and which class you would like to attend.

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Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk @ Tribal Court - Parking Lot
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mother's Day Fun Run/Walk @ Tribal Court - Parking Lot

Kekienanaki Kiakwitenabena “Our mothers and aunts/mothers we will lift them up”

Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk – a special event to educate families on financial empowerment. Healthy finances contribute to healthy families.

May 29, 2019 – Registration at 5:00 pm, Walk/Run starts at 5:30 pm. Starts at the Justice Building parking lot.

Following the walk/run a meal will be held at the Seniors Building.

There will be finish line pictures, financial education information and gifts for participants.

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Tribal Council Meeting Scheduled @ Meskwaki Tribal Center - Tribal Chambers
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting Scheduled @ Meskwaki Tribal Center - Tribal Chambers

A Tribal Council meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2019. It will begin at 5:00 pm and take place in the Tribal Chambers.

Enrolled Tribal Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairman.

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May
30
Thu
Meet & Greet BIA Officers @ Meskwaki Tribal Center
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Meet & Greet BIA Officers @ Meskwaki Tribal Center

Join Tribal Council and Executive staff to welcome Chief Michael Longhat and Officer Micheal Cizek. The officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs have come to the Meskwaki Nation to assist the Meskwaki Police Department as it recruits additional team members. In the interim, Chief Longhat and Officer Cizek will assist our officers in law enforcement and maintaining public safety. Join them for a Meet & Greet scheduled for Thursday, May 30th, 2019 from 9-10 am at the Tribal Center. Light refreshments will be served.

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Jun
3
Mon
Stop The Bleed @ Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
Jun 3 all-day
Stop The Bleed @ Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care measures.

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

Learn five simple steps that may save a life – Call 9-1-1. Stay Safe. Stop the Bleeding. Position the Injured. Provide Comfort

Audience: Open to all interested

Where: MBCH Breakout Rooms

When: Classes to be held Monday, June 3rd 2019

Times: 8a-10a, 10a-12p, 1p-3p and 3p-5p

Takes approximately two hours.

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Jun
4
Tue
Special Election @ Meskwaki Tribal Center - Gym
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Special Election @ Meskwaki Tribal Center - Gym

On April 8, 2019, the Tribal Council issued an Order for Special Election due to a resignation of a Tribal Council member, Harvey Davenport, Jr. The Special Election will fill one vacancy for the remainder of the term ending on November 2021.

On May 3, 2019, the Election Committee issued a notice for a Special Election to be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in the Tribal Gymnasium at the Sac and Fox Tribal Center on the Meskwaki Settlement from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Upon written request, absentee ballots will be made available to those who are temporarily living away from the Meskwaki Settlement as defined by the Title 8 (Elections) Article II, Section 8-2103 (b). Requests for an absentee ballot can be made via the following:

  1. Faxed to: Sac and Fox Tribal Offices, Fax Number: (641) 484-5424

Attn: Election Committee

  1. Mailed to: Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

Attn: Election Committee

349 Meskwaki Rd.

Tama, IA  52339

  1. Email: committee@meskwaki-nsn.gov

All absentee ballot requests by mail must be postmarked by Monday, May 13, 2019.

All requests by fax or e-mail must be received by Monday, May 13, 2019.

Notice of nomination meeting

A Nomination Meeting will be held on May 21, 2019 in the gymnasium at the Sac & Fox Tribal Center on the Meskwaki Settlement at 7:00 p.m.

If the attendance is less than 30% of eligible voters of the Tribe at the first Nomination Meeting, a second Nomination will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7 pm.

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Jun
6
Thu
Swearing-In Ceremony @ Meskwaki Tribal Council Chambers
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Swearing-In Ceremony @ Meskwaki Tribal Council Chambers

The Tribal community is invited to the swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected Tribal Council member Dawson Davenport, elected during the Special Election held on June 4, 2019. Councilman Davenport will serve the remainder of the preceding member’s term ending in November 2021. Light refreshments will be served.  Open to all.

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Tribal Council Special Meeting @ Meskwaki Tribal Center - Tribal Chambers
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tribal Council Special Meeting @ Meskwaki Tribal Center - Tribal Chambers

A Tribal Council Special Meeting has been scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 6, 2019. It will begin at 5:00 pm and be held in the Tribal Chambers.

Enrolled Tribal Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairman.

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Jun
7
Fri
Basic Weather Spotter Training @ MBCH Convention Center - Breakout Room
Jun 7 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Basic Weather Spotter Training @ MBCH Convention Center - Breakout Room

Join us on Friday, June 7th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the MBCH Convention Center Break Out Room for Basic Weather Spotter Training.

Instructors are National Weather Service Meteorologists from Des Moines.

Community members welcome!

Learn how to identify and report severe weather, spotter safety, severe weather climatology in Iowa, thunderstorm structure, threats and more.

Sponsored by MBCH Security Dept. and MNR Tribal Response. For more information call (641) 484-3511 ext 9588.

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Jun
10
Mon
MBCH Blood Drive @ Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
MBCH Blood Drive @ Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

MBCH along with American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, June 10th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Due to continuous natural disasters blood stores around the country are in great need.

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel is located at 1504 305th Street in Tama, Iowa.

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Family Services Pool Party @ Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Family Services Pool Party @ Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center

Meskwaki Family Services are hosting a Pool Party for the Meskwaki Community!

Monday, June 10th from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center

  • Pizza and drinks provided.
  • Gift card door prizes (must be present to win)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult as this is a family event

For questions call Kayla at MFS (641) 484-4444

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Jun
12
Wed
Reschuled: Cooking Demo @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
Jun 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Reschuled: Cooking Demo @ Meskwaki Health Clinic

The Cooking Demo hosted by the Diabetes Program has been rescheduled to June 12th starting at noon at the Meskwaki Tribal Health Clinic.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy grilled pizza and fun salads!

For more information call the clinic at (641) 484-4094 and ask for Megan or Ashley.

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Movie Night @ MBCH Convention Center
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Movie Night @ MBCH Convention Center

Meskwaki Family Services is hosting a movie night!

Neither Wolf Nor Dog will be played on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:00 pm in the MBCH Convention Center.

This event is open to all Meskwaki Community Members.

Popcorn and Drinks will be sponsored by the Meskwaki Health Clinic.

For questions, call Kayla at (641) 484-4444.

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Jun
18
Tue
Kinship Garden Groundbreaking & Planting
Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Kinship Garden Groundbreaking & Planting

2019 will be our first growing season in the Kinship Garden, a communal space where community members can grow together.  Those who participate will be able to share in the harvest.

If you are interested in being a part of the Kinship garden, join us at the groundbreaking and planting!

The garden is located on the hilltop south of the Health Clinic.  Light refreshments will be served, then we will plant the garden.  For questions, call Meskwaki Agriculture and Food Sovereignty (641) 484-3511.

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Father’s Day Field Events @ Meskwaki Tribal Center
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Father's Day Field Events @ Meskwaki Tribal Center

A special event to educate families on financial empowerment. Healthy finances contribute to healthy families.

Tuesday, June 18th

5:00 pm Registration

5:30 pm Start Time

@ Tribal Center Field

Field events include water balloon toss, marshmallow relay, HORSE competition, and hot potato!

Breakfast burritos starts the event at the Tribal Center Snack Bar, financial education information will be provided.

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Jun
19
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting @ Meskwaki Tribal Center - Tribal Chambers
Jun 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Meskwaki Tribal Center - Tribal Chambers

The next Tribal Council Meeting has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. It will begin at 5:00 pm and take place in the Tribal Chambers.

Enrolled Tribal Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairman.

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Jun
21
Fri
Enrollment Office Closed This Afternoon
Jun 21 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Postponed -Summer Solstice Festival @ Red Earth Gardens
Jun 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Postponed -Summer Solstice Festival @ Red Earth Gardens

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Summer Solstice Festival has been postponed to a later date.  New information coming soon!

Please join us for an evening full of activities and celebration at Red Earth Gardens for our Summer Solstice Festival on Friday, June 21st!

Events begin at 4:00 pm.

Fun Run/Walk and Youth Races at 5:30 pm.  *If raining, the run/walk will be cancelled.

Traditional Meal will be served following the fun run/walk.

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