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Tornado Relief Communication

Press Release 7-20-18

Meskwaki Nation providing immediate assistance for tribal families impacted by the Marshalltown tornado

On Thursday, July 19th, multiple severe weather events happened across the state of Iowa, with one of several tornadoes touching down in north Marshalltown.  The city of Marshalltown has declared a state of emergency, and emergency responses have identified serious damage to many buildings and homes, gas leaks, and loss of electricity.

Some of our tribal members and families have been impacted by this disaster, and the tribe has put immediate supports into place including the following:

  • Shelter: Impacted families are able to stay at the Best Western located at 2210 West. St. South Grinnell in the city of Grinnell.
  • Clean up: The apprenticeship program will be providing immediate cleanup services to impacted families in Marshalltown.
  • Emergency Funds: Meskwaki Tribal operations will be providing gift cards to families with immediate needs for food, toiletries, and infant/toddler supplies.
  • Families affected by the storm can come to the Senior Center for lunch and have access to the Food Pantry.

Anyone receiving assistance will need to fill out an emergency assistance form and provide identification and proof of address with a license/state id/tribal id and utility bill or another proof of address.  Forms will be available at the tribal center and on the Meskwaki Nation website (see below).  Gift cards can be picked up at the Executive Office today from 9-4:30pm and after hours by contacting Oliviah Walker at 641-481-5031 and arranging pick up.


Tribal Operations is collecting water/Gatorade donations to assist with relief efforts.

If you have any questions, please contact our Executive office:

Bessie Scott (Executive Director):, 641-484-9200 ext. 9229

Oliviah Walker (Deputy Executive):, 641-484-9232,

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