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Jul
2
Tue
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers

A Tribal Council meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, 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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Jul
3
Wed
Meskwaki Health Clinic BBQ @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
Jul 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Meskwaki Health Clinic BBQ @ Meskwaki Health Clinic

We’re moving this to 5:30 to hopefully wait out the rain!  Join us for a BBQ and Family Fun Games at the Meskwaki Health Clinic from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 3rd!  If it rains, we’re moving to the Tribal Center!

A raffle run/walk will take place at 5:30 pm – there are prizes to be won!

Please bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket.

For more information call the Health Clinic at 641-484-4094.

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Jul
10
Wed
Summer Solstice Milkweed Festival @ Red Earth Gardens
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Summer Solstice Milkweed Festival @ Red Earth Gardens | Tama | Iowa | United States

Join us for the Summer Solstice Milkweed Festival on Wednesday, July 10th from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Fun Walk/Run around Red Earth Gardens – Registration starts at 10:00 am, Walk/Run at 10:30 am.

Noon Meal – featuring milkweed and other foraged foods, corn, beans, squash, frybread, bison and walleye.

For the Kids: Door Prizes, bouncy houses, and participation/placement ribbons for the walk/run!

Door Prizes: Including 2 special drawings for those who bring complete dish-kits.

Participation t-shirts for youth and adults.

Red Earth Gardens is located at 1401 305th Street, Tama IA (Behind the Casino, South of the RV Park).

Event sponsored by Red Earth Gardens, Meskwaki Ag & Food Sovereignty Initiative, Meskwaki Diabetes Program, Meskwaki Youth Program.

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Jul
11
Thu
Job Skills Workshop @ Tribal Center - East Conference Room
Jul 11 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Job Skills Workshop @ Tribal Center - East Conference Room

Join us for a Job Skills Workshop on Thursday, July 11th! This training is from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm and will be held in the East Conference Room at the Tribal Center.

Some of the items on the agenda are:

  • Application process
  • Resume building
  • Interviewing skills
  • Job readiness
  • Other fun activities

Lunch will be served.

Call Misty to sign up – Space is limited! (641) 484-9300

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Our Town – Weiting Theatre Play @ Weiting Theatre
Jul 11 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm
Our Town - Weiting Theatre Play @ Weiting Theatre

The Weiting Theatre Presents: Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: July 11th – 13th at 7:30 pm

Admission: Adults – $12, Students/Children – $8

Advanced tickets on sale at both State Bank of Toledo locations and the Lincoln Savings Bank.

Our Town is presented with permission from Samuel French

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Jul
12
Fri
Meskwaki Nation Day – Tribal Office Closed
Jul 12 – Jul 13 all-day
Meskwaki Nation Day - Tribal Office Closed

We’re closed today in celebration of Meskwaki Nation Day!  Come out and celebrate with us on Saturday.  Check out the Events Page for more info!

 

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Jul
13
Sat
Meskwaki Nation Day Events @ Tribal Center
Jul 13 @ 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Meskwaki Nation Day Events @ Tribal Center

Meskwaki Nation Day is on Saturday, July 13, 2019. All events will be held at the Meskwaki Tribal Center:

  • Fun Run/Walk
    • 8:30 am – Registration (tshirts)
    • 9:00 am – Start
    • Refreshments provided after. Sponsored by Meskwaki Health Clinic and MADAC
  • Flag Raising
    • 10:00 am
  • 4×4 Adult Volleyball Tournament
    • 10:00 am – Registration with Quincy
    • 11:00 am – Tribal Center Gym
  • Bags Tournament
    • 10:00 am – Registration with Joni
    • 11:00 am – South Side of Tribal Center
  • 3×3 Youth Basketball Tournament
    • 8:30 am – Registration with Tashina
    • 10:15 am – Outside Courts
  • Lunch
    • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Supper
    • 4:00 pm  – 6:00 pm
    • Sponsored by Meskwaki Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
    • 5:00 pm – Presentation by MSS Geography Club: Europe Experience
  • Bone Dice
    • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Moccasin Game
    • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Evening door prizes – must be present to win!

-Tribe will not be held responsible for any accidents or incidents.

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Meskwaki Nation Day Powwow @ Meskwaki Tribal Center Gym
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meskwaki Nation Day Powwow @ Meskwaki Tribal Center Gym

Meskwaki Nation Day Powwow

July 13, 2019 at the Tribal Center Gym

6:00 pm – Grand Entry

Head Staff:

Head Man: Sean Keahna, Jr.

Head Woman: Delonda Pushetonequa

AD: David “Odie” OldBear

Specials:

  • Tiny Tots – Sponsored by Meskwaki Family Services
  • Jr Girls (7-12) Traditional, Fancy, Jingle – Sponsored by Meskwaki Youth Program
  • Teen Girls (13-17) Traditional, Fancy, Jingle – Sponsored by Meskwaki Youth Program
  • Jr Boys (7-12) Traditional, Fancy, Grass – Sponsored by Meskwaki Youth Program
  • Teen Boys (13-17) Traditional, Fancy, Grass – Sponsored by Meskwaki Youth Program
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Jul
15
Mon
Cooking Demo @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cooking Demo @ Meskwaki Health Clinic

Join us on Monday, July 15 for a Cooking Demo hosted by the Diabetes Program!

This Cooking Demo will be held at the Meskwaki Health Clinic (Lawn) and will have Grilling Kabobs – steak, chicken, veggies on the menu.

In case of rain or strong wings, the demo will be moved inside to the clinic kitchen.

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Jul
16
Tue
School Board Election
Jul 16 all-day
School Board Election

At a Special Meeting on June 6, 2019, the Sac and Fox Tribal Council voted to establish the Meskwaki Settlement School Board. The board will initially be established through an election process on July 16, selecting from those individuals who have submitted a letter of interest and who meet the requirements.

School Board Member Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be either an enrolled Meskwaki Tribal Member OR a non-enrolled Meskwaki Descendant
  • Must have an immediate family member who currently attends Meskwaki Settlement School. (Immediate family members include: children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, and nephews)

The board will consist of 6 members with staggered terms. 3 members will initially serve a 2-year term and 3 members will initially serve a 4-year term.

In lieu of nominations, please submit your letter of interest if you are interested in serving on the MSS Board.

Eligible voters include: Meskwaki Tribal Members aged 21 and over, and parents/guardians of students currently attending Meskwaki Settlement School.

Once elected, the School Board will work with the Tribal Council to develop School Board Policies.

A School Board Election will be held on July 16, 2019, selecting from those who have submitted a letter of interest. Letters of interest are due by July 5, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.

Please submit your letter of interest by July 5 to:

 Sac and Fox Tribal Council Re: School Board

349 Meskwaki Road

Tama, IA 52339

You may mail it in or drop it off at the Tribal Center front desk.

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Jul
22
Mon
MSS School Registration @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Jul 22 @ 8:00 am – Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm
MSS School Registration @ Meskwaki Settlement School

Meskwaki Settlement School Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year will begin Monday, July 22nd to Monday, August 19th.  Registration hours are 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Middle School/High School Offices.

First Day of School is Monday, August 19th!

What you need to bring with you: All students must have a copy of their CDIB, social security card, birth certificate, and current immunization records.

We ask that ALL families to please take the time to fill out the Free and Reduced Meal applications. These are very important so each family will receive a small token of appreciation when the application is completed and turned in.

EC Language Nest Registration: For questions, contact Webisega at (641) 484-4990.

  • Students must be 3 years old by September 15, 2019 and be able to use the toilet independently when classes start.
  • Submit a completed Early Childhood Registration and Health Requirements packet before classes start.
  • Reminder: Limited amount of spaces available.

Pre-K through 6th Grade Registration: For questions, contact Hallie at (641) 484-4990.

7th thought 12th Grade Registration: For questions, contact Sylvana at (641) 484-9000.

For questions call Elementary 484-4990, or MS/HS 484-9000.

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Jul
23
Tue
Youth Focus Group Discussion @ Meskwaki Tribal Center Gym
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Youth Focus Group Discussion @ Meskwaki Tribal Center Gym

Meskwaki Youth ages 10-18 we want to hear your views and opinions.

Join us on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Meskwaki Tribal Gym to discuss the Meskwaki Nation Recreation Center.

Discussion will be from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Pizza and drinks will also be served.

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Jul
25
Thu
Meskwaki Bat Program @ Meskwaki High School - Parking Lot
Jul 25 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Meskwaki Bat Program @ Meskwaki High School - Parking Lot

Join MNR staff on Thursday, July 25th at 7:45 pm to experience the not-so-scary bats up close and personal!

Dr. Russ Benedict will be visiting the Settlement to mist-net bats and to give a presentation on them.

Meet in the High School parking lot (west side) at 7:45 pm. There will be a short presentation followed by the netting of bats.

Things to bring: Headlamp or flashlight, bug spray, sturdy shoes.

Call MNR if you have any questions: 641-484-3511

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Jul
26
Fri
Youth Motivational Speaker: Larry Yazzie @ MSS High School Commons
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Youth Motivational Speaker: Larry Yazzie @ MSS High School Commons

Join Meskwaki Juvenile Probation in welcoming Meskwaki actor, Larry Yazzie, as he speaks on issues that today’s youth deal with and how he overcame those issues to get where he is today.

Friday, July 26, 2019

1:00 – 3:00 pm

MSS High School Commons

For more information, contact Quincy at (641) 484-9269.

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Jul
29
Mon
Tribal Membership Audit
Jul 29 @ 8:30 am – Aug 2 @ 4:00 pm

PURPOSE
Pursuant to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa “Any member of the Tribe who resides away from the reservation for a period of ten years and who has not within that time signified to the Tribal Council his desire to continue his membership in the Tribe but may later be adopted into the Tribe under the same membership status as previously enjoyed, by a majority vote of the Tribal Council after residing on the reservation for one year.”

For financial purposes the Tribal Council mandated an audit of all enrolled tribal members to occur every five (5) years to verify addresses, bank information, and update tribal identification. In order to accomplish this, all enrolled tribal members are required to present themselves in person to Tribal Council representatives.
PROCEDURE
The next membership audit will be July 29, 2019 through August 9, 2019 to accommodate all out of town tribal members.

  • July 29, 2019 through August 2, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
  • August 3, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm
  • August 5, 2019 through August 7, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
  • August 8, 2019 through August 9, 2019 from 8:30am-11:30am

All August 2019 per capita payments will only be available in paper check format. Per Capita checks will not be disbursed until the week of August 5th. Per capita payments that are regularly distributed by direct deposit or mail must be picked up in person upon completion of your audit. Direct deposit will resume with September 2019 per capita payments.

If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding per capita please contact Vestana Lasley at 641-484-4678 or email forms@meskwaki-nsn.gov. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate those members who have been identified as legally incompetent, active duty, incarcerated, or handicapped.

For more details see:

2019 Tribal Audit Coming July 29th through August 9th

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Jul
31
Wed
Summer Lunch & Learn @ MBCH Convention Center
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Summer Lunch & Learn @ MBCH Convention Center

Diabetes Program Presents: SUMMER LUNCH AND LEARN

July 31, 2019 at Noon in the MBCH Convention Center

Menu:

  • Marinated and Grilled Summer Vegetable Kabobs
  • Asian Grilled Chicken Skewers w/ Light Vinaigrette
  • Chopped Greens Salad
  • Steamed Basmati Rice
  • Grilled Fresh Summer Fruits w/ Pound Cake & Local Honey
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Aug
2
Fri
VA Benefits Open Sign Up and Claims Event @ East Conference Room - Tribal Center
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
VA Benefits Open Sign Up and Claims Event @ East Conference Room - Tribal Center

VA will be holding a Bringing VA Benefits Home event here on the Meskwaki Settlement on Friday, August 2nd from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm in the East Conference Room of the Tribal Center.

During this event you’ll be able to:

  • Speak with a VA representative
  • Get answers to VA claim and benefits questions
  • File your claim
  • Get same-day decisions when you share complete information

Point of Contact: Peter Vicaire, (612) 558-7744, Peter.Vicaire@va.gov.

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Aug
3
Sat
Tribal Membership Audit
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Tribal Membership Audit

PURPOSE
Pursuant to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa “Any member of the Tribe who resides away from the reservation for a period of ten years and who has not within that time signified to the Tribal Council his desire to continue his membership in the Tribe but may later be adopted into the Tribe under the same membership status as previously enjoyed, by a majority vote of the Tribal Council after residing on the reservation for one year.”

For financial purposes the Tribal Council mandated an audit of all enrolled tribal members to occur every five (5) years to verify addresses, bank information, and update tribal identification. In order to accomplish this, all enrolled tribal members are required to present themselves in person to Tribal Council representatives.
PROCEDURE
The next membership audit will be July 29, 2019 through August 9, 2019 to accommodate all out of town tribal members.

  • July 29, 2019 through August 2, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
  • August 3, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm
  • August 5, 2019 through August 7, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
  • August 8, 2019 through August 9, 2019 from 8:30am-11:30am

All August 2019 per capita payments will only be available in paper check format. Per Capita checks will not be disbursed until the week of August 5th. Per capita payments that are regularly distributed by direct deposit or mail must be picked up in person upon completion of your audit. Direct deposit will resume with September 2019 per capita payments.

If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding per capita please contact Vestana Lasley at 641-484-4678 or email forms@meskwaki-nsn.gov.Special arrangements can be made to accommodate those members who have been identified as legally incompetent, active duty, incarcerated, or handicapped.

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Aug
5
Mon
Tribal Membership Audit
Aug 5 @ 8:30 am – Aug 7 @ 4:00 pm
Tribal Membership Audit

PURPOSE
Pursuant to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa “Any member of the Tribe who resides away from the reservation for a period of ten years and who has not within that time signified to the Tribal Council his desire to continue his membership in the Tribe but may later be adopted into the Tribe under the same membership status as previously enjoyed, by a majority vote of the Tribal Council after residing on the reservation for one year.”

For financial purposes the Tribal Council mandated an audit of all enrolled tribal members to occur every five (5) years to verify addresses, bank information, and update tribal identification. In order to accomplish this, all enrolled tribal members are required to present themselves in person to Tribal Council representatives.
PROCEDURE
The next membership audit will be July 29, 2019 through August 9, 2019 to accommodate all out of town tribal members.

  • July 29, 2019 through August 2, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
  • August 3, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm
  • August 5, 2019 through August 7, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
  • August 8, 2019 through August 9, 2019 from 8:30am-11:30am

All August 2019 per capita payments will only be available in paper check format. Per Capita checks will not be disbursed until the week of August 5th. Per capita payments that are regularly distributed by direct deposit or mail must be picked up in person upon completion of your audit. Direct deposit will resume with September 2019 per capita payments.

If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding per capita please contact Vestana Lasley at 641-484-4678 or email forms@meskwaki-nsn.gov.Special arrangements can be made to accommodate those members who have been identified as legally incompetent, active duty, incarcerated, or handicapped.

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Aug
6
Tue
Postponed – Community Engagement re: Meskwaki Recreation Center @ ISG Tent - TBA
Aug 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Postponed - Community Engagement re: Meskwaki Recreation Center @ ISG Tent - TBA

This event has been postponed.  Check back soon for the rescheduled date!

Community Engagement Opportunity regarding the Meskwaki Recreation Center

August 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This is the last chance to share your thoughts about the recreation center.

Meskwaki Recreation Center 3D Virtual Reality Walk-though on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm in the ISG Tent at the Annual Powwow.

Take a 3D tour through the Ho-Chunk District One Community Center showcasing the project’s concepts and plan elements.

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Aug
8
Thu
Tribal Membership Audit
Aug 8 @ 8:30 am – Aug 9 @ 11:30 am
Tribal Membership Audit

PURPOSE
Pursuant to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa “Any member of the Tribe who resides away from the reservation for a period of ten years and who has not within that time signified to the Tribal Council his desire to continue his membership in the Tribe but may later be adopted into the Tribe under the same membership status as previously enjoyed, by a majority vote of the Tribal Council after residing on the reservation for one year.”

For financial purposes the Tribal Council mandated an audit of all enrolled tribal members to occur every five (5) years to verify addresses, bank information, and update tribal identification. In order to accomplish this, all enrolled tribal members are required to present themselves in person to Tribal Council representatives.
PROCEDURE
The next membership audit will be July 29, 2019 through August 9, 2019 to accommodate all out of town tribal members.

  • July 29, 2019 through August 2, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
  • August 3, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm
  • August 5, 2019 through August 7, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm
  • August 8, 2019 through August 9, 2019 from 8:30am-11:30am

All August 2019 per capita payments will only be available in paper check format. Per Capita checks will not be disbursed until the week of August 5th. Per capita payments that are regularly distributed by direct deposit or mail must be picked up in person upon completion of your audit. Direct deposit will resume with September 2019 per capita payments.

If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding per capita please contact Vestana Lasley at 641-484-4678 or email forms@meskwaki-nsn.gov.Special arrangements can be made to accommodate those members who have been identified as legally incompetent, active duty, incarcerated, or handicapped.

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Tribal Operations Closing @ 12 PM Includes Seniors, Tribal Center, Health Clinic and Pharmacy
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tribal Operations Closing @ 12 PM Includes Seniors, Tribal Center, Health Clinic and Pharmacy

Senior Center serving  breakfast only!

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Meskwaki Annual Powwow
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 11 @ 11:00 pm
The Meskwaki Annual Powwow is the only one of its kind in Iowa and is held on the only Indian Settlement in Iowa.
Beginning as a celebration known as “Field Days”, the first powwows were 10 days long and held after the fall harvest.  They featured dancing, games and horse racing!
Today, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow is a four day event with a Princess Contest held the Wednesday evening before the powwow begins on Thursday.
Featuring traditional Meskwaki dancing, singing, native arts, crafts, our historic exhibition tent, and food, we invite you to share in what is truly distinctive about the Meskwaki way of life.
General Admission
Adults: $7.00     Children: $5.00
Children 5 and under: FREEThursday, August 8
Grand Entry: 1pm & 7pm
Children’s Day/ages 6 -12: $3.00

Friday, August 9
Grand Entry: 1pm & 7pm
Senior’s Day/ages 55 and up: $3.00

Saturday, August 10
Grand Entry: 1pm & 7pm
Veteran’s Day/ All Veterans: $3.00
(Must show proof)

Sunday, August 11
Grand Entry: 1pm & 7pm
Special Events

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105th MAPA Princess Contest @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Aug 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Aug
9
Fri
Tribal Operations Closing @ 12 PM Includes Seniors, Tribal Center, Health Clinic and Pharmacy
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tribal Operations Closing @ 12 PM Includes Seniors, Tribal Center, Health Clinic and Pharmacy

Senior Center serving  breakfast only!

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5:00 pm Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
A Tribal Council meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, 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 … Continue reading Tribal Council Meeting
5:30 pm Meskwaki Health Clinic BBQ @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
Meskwaki Health Clinic BBQ @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
Jul 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Meskwaki Health Clinic BBQ @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
We’re moving this to 5:30 to hopefully wait out the rain!  Join us for a BBQ and Family Fun Games at the Meskwaki Health Clinic from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 3rd!  … Continue reading Meskwaki Health Clinic BBQ