Office of the Attorney General

Our Mission

To support, defend, and advance the interests of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa by providing legal services to the Tribal Council and its subordinate departments, committees, agencies, offices, and businesses. In the discharge of this function, the Office acts in an advisory and ministerial capacity.

About the Attorney General’s Office

The Tribal Council is the client of the Attorney General. The Legal Department will strive to provide professional, competent, comprehensive and timely services in all matters related to the client’s constitutional functions as the executive and legislative branches of the Tribal government. The Attorney General is under the ultimate supervision and direction of the Tribal Council.

The major functions of the Office of the Attorney General are to do the following:

  • Protect the Community’s sovereignty from encroachment
  • Provide legal advice to the Tribal Council and its subordinate departments
  • Represent the Community and its representatives in judicial, legislative, executive, and administrative proceedings
  • Coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies

Our Vision

The Office of the Attorney General aims to serve the diverse needs of the Meskwaki Community by:

    • Anticipating and understanding the needs of the Tribal Council, Tribal Departments, and the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
    • Delivering our services efficiently and in a culturally sensitive and relevant matter
    • Positively influencing the practice of law as it affects the Tribal bar
    • Delivering a mix of relevant, timely services including information and education such as about how to avoid becoming the victim of consumer fraud through informational brochures, press releases, and newsletter

What We Do

The Office of the Attorney General serves as legal advisor to the Tribal Council. Under the policy direction of the Tribal Council, the Office also provides legal services to department heads, directors, officers, employees, and staff of the Meskwaki Community and Community Enterprises. The Office also acts as liaison to other sovereign Indian nations as well as federal, state, and local governments, court systems, professional associations, and interest groups on matters of interest to the Community. The Office of the Attorney General provides legal services on a wide range of issues. Practice areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Tribal Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Treaty Rights
  • Construction Law.
  • Self-Governance
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Contract Law
  • Health Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Land Use
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legislation
  • Administrative Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Business/Commercial Law
  • Tax Law
  • Tort Law
  • Litigation (Avoidance, Resolution)
  • Indian Child Welfare Law
  • Economic Development

Lowella Balderas

Legal Assistant

Tribal Center

ls.legal@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-4678

Joshua Canterbury

Assistant Attorney General

Tribal Center

aag.legal@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-4678

Jay Finch

Attorney General

Tribal Center

ag.legal@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-4678

Vannessa Larson

Tribal Prosecutor

Tribal Center

prosecutor.legal@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-4678

Office of the Attorney General Contact Information

Phone Number

(641) 484-9220

Fax Number

(641) 484-5425

Physical & Mailing Address

349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339

Contact the Meskwaki Nation

Get in touch with our main office if you have general questions or need assistance finding the correct department to contact.