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MSS Homecoming

On Friday, September 20th the Meskwaki Settlement School’s Homecoming started with Coronation and their Homecoming Court, which took place in the high school gym. At the Coronation, Nisan Kapayou and Payton Tahahwah were named Meskwaki’s Homecoming King and Queen. Followed by the Coronation was the parade. After the parade was the pep rally which took place back in the gym. Then a chili cook-off occurred before the homecoming football game.

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Green Corn Festival

On September 13,  Ag & Food Sovereignty hosted our first annual Green Corn Festival! This seasonal meal and celebration took the place of past years’ Fall Harvest Celebration. We opted to host the event at the Powwow Grounds, and after a meal that highlighted a bounty of seasonal vegetables, we celebrated the season with some harvest dances.

Special thanks to all who helped make this event a success:

Elena Terry, Yusuf Bin-Rella, and Desse Sheridan who prepared a delicious seasonal meal. Kay Waseskuk and the Meskwaki Youth Program for sponsoring youth activities and raffles. Tyler Lasley for being an excellent MC. Galen Thompson, Tyler Lasley, Luke Kapayou, Dugee Tyon, Levi, and Maximus – who stepped in to be our drum group.

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105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow – 2019

The Meskwaki Nation hosted The 105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow which took place August 8th-11th, 2019 on the Meskwaki Settlement, four miles west of Tama, Iowa. The Annual Powwow consists of Tribal Ceremonial Dances, Colorful Native Regalia, Food Vendors, Arts and Crafts, and Exhibits. The powwow is a four-day event used to celebrate the end of summer. Although dance styles and content have evolved over the years, the Meskwaki still consider the event a time of reaffirmation and hope, of kinship and friendship, and of celebration. The Meskwaki’s are thankful for the opportunity to share a part of who they are as Meskwaki, with you.

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Fun Run/Walk and REC Center Meeting with ISG

On Wednesday, August 14th the Meskwaki Health clinic hosted their Fun Walk/Run at the Meskwaki Tribal Center. All participants received t-shirts, a door prize entry ticket. At the end of the Walk/Run fruit, vegetables, drinks were available along with dinner catered by Kayella’s. Immediately follow the Walk/Run and dinner, the Community Engagement Meeting regarding the Meskwaki Recreation Center with ISG was held. The community had the opportunity to share their thoughts and provide additional input on the upcoming REC Center building. During the meeting, attendees had the chance to experience virtual reality with a 3D tour through the Ho-Chunk District One Community Center which showcased the project’s concepts and plan elements. At the conclusion of this meeting gift cards and four bicycles were raffled off to attendees.

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Friday Afternoon Powwow Session

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the afternoon session of the 105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow, scheduled to occur on Friday, August 9th, has been canceled. This will affect Friday afternoon’s session only.  Friday evening’s Grand Entry will be held at 7 PM.  All other sessions scheduled for Thursday, August 8th through Sunday, August 11th will be held as planned.

We invite you to join us for any or all of the other sessions scheduled.  Grand Entry will be held at 1 PM and 7 PM daily.  Watch while Native American singers and dancers perform traditional songs and dances in their most beautiful regalia. Also enjoy historical exhibits, arts and crafts, food and fun.

The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (A.K.A. the Meskwaki Nation) is the only federally recognized tribe in Iowa. By holding cultural events like the Annual Powwow, we wish to share with others what is truly distinctive about the Meskwaki way of life, while promoting equality and encouraging cultural awareness.  We consider the powwow a time of reaffirmation of hope, kinship, and friendship. We invite you to join us.

Originally known as the “Green Corn Dance”, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow is a time of celebration historically associated with harvest. It is held on the southernmost portion of the Settlement, adjacent to the Iowa River.  Follow the signs from the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel to the powwow grounds, four miles west of Tama.

Please plan a visit to see the powwow this weekend as we hope you will experience an exciting moment with the Meskwaki Nation and capture a glimpse of our culture and traditions.  For more information, visit

Presidential Candidate Julian Castro – Meet and Greet

On Friday, July 26th Presidential Candidate Julian Castro visited the Meskwaki Settlement for a Meet and Greet hosted by the Tama County Democrats. Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama and is a former San Antonio, Texas, mayor, is one of some 25 seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. He is also the first 2020 Presidential candidate to create a policy specifically for & about Indigenous communities. “Our Indigenous communities are rich with their own history, with so many different assets that they bring to this country of ours,” Castro said. “I want to make sure that we respect their sovereignty, that we honor our treaty obligations and that we recognize that doing right by Indigenous communities is not only a matter of the right thing to do but the constitutional thing to do.” Christina Blackcloud honored Castro with a beaded medallion for taking time out of his schedule to visit the Meskwaki Settlement. Guests also had the chance to meet and speak with the candidate.

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105th Meskwaki Annual Pow Wow Commercial

We invite you to join us for the 105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow. Watch while Native American singers and dancers perform traditional songs and dances in their most beautiful regalia. Also enjoy historical exhibits, arts and crafts, food and fun. Please join us August 8th through the 11th on the Meskwaki Settlement, four miles west of Tama. Sessions begin at 1 and 7 PM daily. For more information, visit

Meskwaki Nation Day

On Saturday July 13th, the Meskwaki Nation celebrated the end result of a policy that was begun by our People to have a home in order to grow crops, raise children and practice our own Meskwaki religion without interference. We honor our grandfathers and grandmothers who came here, fought to stay, and endured the deprivations that now, more than a century later, seem far away. The annual celebration on July 13th provides the Tribe, its friends, and surrounding community a chance to reflect on this great shared history and an opportunity to communicate our values and pride to the children. The celebrated day began with a fun run/walk, followed by the Robert Morgan Post 701 Veterans flag raising. Shortly after, the Meskwaki Nation Day committee put on a volleyball and bags tournament, plus the Meskwaki Youth Program hosted a basketball tournament that all took place outside of the Tribal Center which ended just in time for supper. After supper, the celebration moved inside the Tribal Center in which a powwow took place. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the Meskwaki Nation Day Celebration a success.

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