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Mar
17
Tue
Temporary Closure Meskwaki Casino
Mar 17 – Jun 30 all-day
Temporary Closure Meskwaki Casino @ Tama | Iowa | United States

The Meskwaki Tribal Council and MBCH Executive Management met today, Monday, March 16, 2020 and have jointly agreed to the temporary closure of our casino and hotel, effective Tuesday, March 17 at 12 am through the end of June.  A tentative re-opening date has been set for July 1st.  This closure serves as a preventive measure to ensure the health and well-being of both our team and guests is preserved and protected as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues.

MBCH Executive Management remains unified in the protection of our guests, team members and their families, tribal and local communities, as well as the numerous vendors we utilize in our operations.

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel will honor all employees’ base pay rates and their benefits during this temporary closure.

It is important to note that our casino has not experienced any cases of COVID-19 and this action is solely a precaution to protect the health and safety of our guests, team members, and community. That said, we will be conducting multiple facility-wide sanitization projects throughout the closure.

Our thoughts are with the families and communities that have been impacted by this virus.

Be smart, be safe, take care of one another, and let’s all do our part to protect our community and those we love most. 

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Mar
18
Wed
Temporary Closure Tribal Operations
Mar 18 – Jun 15 all-day
Temporary Closure Tribal Operations

Meskwaki Settlement, Tama, Iowa – Out of an abundance of caution for our community members and employees, Tribal Council has approved the closure of Tribal Operations beginning on Wednesday, March 18th.  The closure will remain in effect until June 15th  as of now and will be re-evaluated at a later date to determine if closure should be extended.   For the benefit of the community, the Meskwaki Health Clinic, Behavioral Health Services (MADAC), the CHR Program, Pharmacy, and the Meskwaki Travel Plaza will remain open.

Judith Bender, Tribal Council Chairwoman stated, “To minimize exposure to infected individuals, it is up to every single community member to do their part. Profound and significant steps have been made to limit the spread of the coronavirus in our community.  Stay home and stay safe.”

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

Tribal efforts to slow the spread of the infection of the COVID-19 virus onto the Meskwaki Settlement began to go into effect with the closure of the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel which temporarily closed for business on Tuesday, March 17th .

 

Meskwaki Settlement School

Starting Thursday, March 19th the Meskwaki Settlement School, including offices, will be closed.  Please see the schools website at www.msswarrior.org for more information.

 

Staff Compensation

During the temporary closure, all employees will be compensated with base pay rates and benefits.  Staff are implored to stay at home, practice social distancing, and avoid social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people.  To assist enrolled members and their descendants during the closure, food, and health assistance will be available including:

 

Senior Meals

The Senior Center will provide lunch through home meal delivery each weekday.  Seniors who would like a meal should call the center at (641) 484-9222 before 10 AM for delivery.

 

Children Curbside Grab-N-Go Meals

Starting Monday, April 13, there will be a change to our curbside lunch distribution. In order to decrease the number of times that families have to go out to get lunches, we will be covering multiple days with less lunch pick-ups. Our lunch pick-ups will now only be on Mondays and Thursdays. The Monday lunches will have enough food to cover Monday through Wednesday and the Thursday lunches will cover Thursday and Friday.

So starting next week, we will begin our curbside lunch pick-ups on Monday and Thursday only from 11 am – 12 pm. Just a reminder that meals CAN ONLY BE PROVIDED TO THE CHILD. Simply arrive WITH YOUR CHILDREN (ages 18 or younger) to the elementary school front entrance curb and we will bring the lunches to you. Stay Safe!!

Meskwaki Health Services

The Meskwaki Health Clinic, the CHR Program, Pharmacy, and Behavioral Health Services will remain open normal business hours.  PLEASE CALL AHEAD FOR APPOINTMENTS AT (641) 484-4094.

 

Red Earth Gardens

Red Earth Gardens continues to have organic, farm fresh eggs, beans, and rosemary for sale at the Health Clinic.  Eggs are also available for purchase at the Meskwaki Travel Plaza.  Go to their website at www.redearthgardens.com for more.

 

Protection and Public Works

During the closure, emergency services will remain.  The Meskwaki Police Department will continue regular patrol hours and emergency Tribal Court Services will be scheduled accordingly.  Public Works will continue services as needed including snow removal and garbage pick-up.  For emergency Housing Department assistance contact Director Kent Scheid at (641) 481-0335.  For broadband/internet issues, contact (641) 481-0344 or (641) 481-5501 to leave a message.

 

“The most important thing we can do as a tribe,” stated Tribal Chairwoman Bender, “is to protect our most vulnerable, our children and our elders.  So please STAY HOME.  Be smart.  Pray with good energy.  Take care of yourself and keep panic in control.  Fear has a spirit, do not feed it.”

 

At this time, there are no known cases reported on the Settlement or in Tama County.  IF YOU EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS, PLEASE CALL THE HEALTH CLINIC AT (641) 484-4094 FOR FURTHER GUIDANCE. For more information, contact Executive Director JoAnn Youngbear at (641) 484-4678.

 

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Mar
23
Mon
Temporary Closure Settlement School
Mar 23 – May 27 all-day
Temporary Closure Settlement School

Meskwaki Settlement School

Starting Thursday, March 19th the Meskwaki Settlement School, including offices, will be closed.   However, the elementary and middle/high schools will be open this Wednesday, March 18th from 2-6pm to allow students to retrieve essential items (like medication, laptops, etc.).  If you need to get your child’s medication, an authorized adult MUST sign for it.  It cannot be given to children.  We are in the process of sanitizing our buildings, so access should be quick and targeted to retrieve only the items you need.  Communication regarding academic support will be sent home from the school later today.  Families may utilize the email directory located on the school’s webpage to connect with staff during the closing.

 

 

 

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Apr
27
Mon
Grab-N-Go School Lunch Pick-Up
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grab-N-Go School Lunch Pick-Up

Starting Monday, April 12th,  there will be a change to our curbside lunch distribution. In order to decrease the number of times that families have to go out to get lunches, we will be covering multiple days with less lunch pick-ups. Our lunch pick-ups will now only be on Mondays and Thursdays. The Monday lunches will have enough food to cover Monday through Wednesday and the Thursday lunches will cover Thursday and Friday.

So starting next week, we will begin our curbside lunch pick-ups on Monday and Thursday only from 11 am – 12 pm. Just a reminder that meals CAN ONLY BE PROVIDED TO THE CHILD. Simply arrive WITH YOUR CHILDREN (ages 18 or younger) to the elementary school front entrance curb and we will bring the lunches to you. Stay Safe!!

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Apr
29
Wed
Canceled – MSS Fine Arts Night @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm
Apr
30
Thu
Grab-N-Go School Lunch Pick-Up
Apr 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grab-N-Go School Lunch Pick-Up

Starting Monday, April 12th,  there will be a change to our curbside lunch distribution. In order to decrease the number of times that families have to go out to get lunches, we will be covering multiple days with less lunch pick-ups. Our lunch pick-ups will now only be on Mondays and Thursdays. The Monday lunches will have enough food to cover Monday through Wednesday and the Thursday lunches will cover Thursday and Friday.

So starting next week, we will begin our curbside lunch pick-ups on Monday and Thursday only from 11 am – 12 pm. Just a reminder that meals CAN ONLY BE PROVIDED TO THE CHILD. Simply arrive WITH YOUR CHILDREN (ages 18 or younger) to the elementary school front entrance curb and we will bring the lunches to you. Stay Safe!!

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May
2
Sat
Postponed MMIW Rally – Details TBA @ Des Moines, IA
May 2 all-day
May
12
Tue
Postponed Foster Care Powwow – Details TBA @ TBA
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May
13
Wed
Canceled Tribal Council Meeting
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Canceled Tribal Council Meeting

The Tribal Council meeting scheduled via Zoom has been canceled.  A rescheduled date will be announced soon.

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May
17
Sun
MSS Graduation @ Meskwaki Settlement School
May 17 @ 2:00 pm
May
20
Wed
Postponed – Tribal Council Meeting
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Postponed - Tribal Council Meeting

The Tribal Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th has been postponed. A reschedule date will be announced soon.

 

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May
22
Fri
Meskwaki Health Clinic and Pharmacy Closed for Construction
May 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Meskwaki Health Clinic and Pharmacy Closed for Construction

Building closed today for construction.

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May
25
Mon
Senior Meals, Meskwaki Health Clinic and Pharmacy CLOSED – Memorial Day
May 25 all-day

No services today due to the holiday.

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May
28
Thu
Tribal Council Meeting
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tribal Council Meeting

Tribal Council Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 28th at 5 PM. Due to COVID-19 the meeting will be held via Zoom.

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Jul
3
Fri
Independence Day Holiday – Tribal Ops Closed
Jul 3 all-day
Jul
13
Mon
Meskwaki Nation Day / Proclamation Day – Details TBA
Jul 13 all-day
Aug
4
Tue
MNPD National Night Out – Details TBA @ Details TBA
Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
6
Thu
Meskwaki Annual Powwow Princess Contest – Details TBA
Aug 6 all-day
Tribal Ops Closed at 12pm
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 4:30 pm
106th Annual Meskwaki Powwow @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 9 @ 11:00 pm
Aug
8
Sat
Meskwaki Powwow Walk/Run – Details TBA
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Aug
9
Sun
Sobriety Walk/Run – Details TBA @ Meskwaki Powwwow Grounds
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Sep
7
Mon
Domestic Violence Glow Run – Details TBA
Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm
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25 Sat
All-day
Temporary Closure Meskwaki Casino
Temporary Closure Meskwaki Casino
Apr 25 all-day
Temporary Closure Meskwaki Casino @ Tama | Iowa | United States
The Meskwaki Tribal Council and MBCH Executive Management met today, Monday, March 16, 2020 and have jointly agreed to the temporary closure of our casino and hotel, effective Tuesday, March 17 at 12 am through … Continue reading Temporary Closure Meskwaki Casino
Temporary Closure Tribal Operations
Temporary Closure Tribal Operations
Apr 25 all-day
Temporary Closure Tribal Operations
Meskwaki Settlement, Tama, Iowa – Out of an abundance of caution for our community members and employees, Tribal Council has approved the closure of Tribal Operations beginning on Wednesday, March 18th.  The closure will remain … Continue reading Temporary Closure Tribal Operations
Temporary Closure Settlement School
Temporary Closure Settlement School
Apr 25 all-day
Temporary Closure Settlement School
Meskwaki Settlement School Starting Thursday, March 19th the Meskwaki Settlement School, including offices, will be closed.   However, the elementary and middle/high schools will be open this Wednesday, March 18th from 2-6pm to allow students … Continue reading Temporary Closure Settlement School
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