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Mar
17
Tue
Temporary Closure Meskwaki Casino
Mar 17 – Apr 14 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 April 14, 2020. 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 – Apr 3 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 Friday, March 27th as of now and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, March 25th 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 through Tuesday, April 14th.

 

Meskwaki Settlement School

Starting Thursday, March 19th the Meskwaki Settlement School, including offices, will be closed until at least April 13th.  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.

 

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

For three weeks starting on Monday, March 23rd, the Meskwaki Settlement School will provide lunch via pick-up at the elementary main entrance on weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 10am-12pm to enrolled and descendent children 18 and younger who attend either the Meskwaki Settlement School or South Tama Community School District.  There is NO need to sign up ahead of time, but please know the meals CAN ONLY BE PROVIDED TO THE CHILD. Regardless of the school your child attends, you may simply drive or walk up WITH YOUR CHILDREN (ages 18 and younger) to the elementary school front entrances from 10-12pm and they will have a lunch available.

 

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.

 

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 – Apr 19 all-day
Temporary Closure Settlement School

Meskwaki Settlement School

Starting Thursday, March 19th the Meskwaki Settlement School, including offices, will be closed until at least April 13th.  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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Mar
31
Tue
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers

Tribal Council has called a meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the Tribal Chambers.  (Changed from the 25th).

Please note: Attendance is limited to Tribal Council Members and essential staff due to the coronavirus.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.
**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chair.

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Apr
4
Sat
Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Prevention Walk/Run – Details TBA
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Apr
11
Sat
MSS Prom Night
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr
16
Thu
POSTPONED – Spring Into Health Fair @ MBCH Convention Center
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
POSTPONED - Spring Into Health Fair @ MBCH Convention Center

In light of recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendation on events and mass gatherings, the Meskwaki Spring Into Health Fair will be postponed to a later date.

Details will be forthcoming and follow up will be completed by members of the Diabetes Program.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Apr
29
Wed
MSS Fine Arts Night – Details TBA @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm
MSS Fine Arts Nights @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
May
2
Sat
MMIW Rally – Details TBA @ Des Moines, IA
May 2 all-day
May
12
Tue
Foster Care Powwow – Details TBA @ TBA
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May
17
Sun
MSS Graduation @ Meskwaki Settlement School
May 17 @ 2:00 pm
May
18
Mon
MSS Pride Week @ Meskwaki Settlement School
May 18 – May 22 all-day
May
22
Fri
Tribal Operations Employee Picnic @ TBA
May 22 all-day
May
23
Sat
Graduation Powwow @ Meskwaki Settlement School
May 23 all-day
2020 Meskwaki Graduation Powwow @ MSS High School Gym
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
May
25
Mon
Tribal Operations & MSS Closed – Memorial Day
May 25 all-day
Jun
20
Sat
Milkweed Festival – Details TBA
Jun 20 all-day
Jun
25
Thu
Community Pool Party @ Tama Pool
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jul
2
Thu
Celebration Picnic – Details TBA @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm
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
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Mar 17 – Apr 14 all-day
12:00 am
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 April 14, … Continue reading Temporary Closure Meskwaki Casino
Mar 18 – Apr 3 all-day
12:00 am
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
Mar 23 – Apr 19 all-day
12:00 am
Meskwaki Settlement School Starting Thursday, March 19th the Meskwaki Settlement School, including offices, will be closed until at least April 13th.  However, the elementary and middle/high schools will be open this Wednesday, March 18th from … Continue reading Temporary Closure Settlement School
Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
Tribal Council has called a meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the Tribal Chambers.  (Changed from the 25th). Please note: Attendance is limited to Tribal Council Members and … Continue reading Tribal Council Meeting
Tribal Chambers
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
9:00 am
In light of recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendation on events and mass gatherings, the Meskwaki Spring Into Health Fair will be postponed to a later date. Details will be forthcoming and … Continue reading POSTPONED – Spring Into Health Fair
MBCH Convention Center
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
5:00 pm
 
Meskwaki Settlement School