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New Rec Center Ground Breaking

Please join us as we break ground on the new Meskwaki Nation Recreation Center.  Located behind the Meskwaki Public Works building, next to the Health Clinic, the new state-of-the art facility will host numerous amenities including community and youth areas, a day care, gymnasium, and more!


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Cooling Center

A cooling center has been set up at the Meskwaki Tribal Center for community members needing an air-conditioned space to temporarily deal with the health effects of the heatwave hitting our area this week.

With the excessive heat expected to persist all week, the Meskwaki Tribal Center gym will remain open as needed and will be closed for recreational use until Friday.  If you do not have access to air conditioning, please go to the gym and check in with the receptionist for assistance.

All are reminded to drink plenty of fluids, avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the heat of the day, and check on relatives, neighbors, the elderly and your pets.  Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location and call 911.

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Distribution

NEWS:  American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Distribution

A mailing was sent out Friday, July 16, 2021 to enrolled Tribal Members with information and forms that need to be completed to receive emergency financial assistance for the months of August, September and October from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Funding.

This non-taxable disbursement is for COVID-19 related expenses such as compliance with stay-at-home orders, rent/mortgage, utilities, food, internet, personal protective equipment, and any other related expenses due to the pandemic.

If you did not receive the mailing or need additional copies, these detailed documents are available in the Members Only Portal of the Meskwaki Nation website at:  www.meskwaki.org.  You must register for entrance into the portal.  Instructions on how to do so are located by clicking here.

The Tribal Fiscal staff will be set up in the Tribal gym for the August distribution on Thursday, July 29th and Friday, July 30th from 8:00AM to 4:30PM for enrolled members who complete the necessary forms.  Emergency funds will continue to be distributed, to eligible recipients who have submitted verification forms, at the Tribal Center, and through the mail until October 31, 2021. October 31st is the deadline to be eligible for all payments. The second and third distribution payments will be mailed to those who completed the necessary forms to the addresses provided on August 27, 2021 and September 28, 2021.

If you cannot come to the Tribal Center, forms can be notarized and mailed. After your forms are received by the finance office your check will be mailed to you, with the address we have on file.

For questions on filling out the forms or the distribution of emergency funds, please contact Tribal Operations at (641) 484-4678.

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106th Annual Meskwaki Powwow

Join us for the 106th Annual Meskwaki Powwow “Where East Meets West”

August 12-15, 2021 at the Meskwaki Powwow Grounds

General Admissions: $7 Adults / $5 Children (Children 5 and under are free!)

  • Thurs., August 12 – (Youth Day, Children ages 6-12, $3 Admission) Grand Entry at 7PM
  • Fri., August 13 – (Senior Citizen’s Day, Seniors 55 and up, $3 Admission) Grand Entry at 1PM and 7PM
  • Sat., August 14 – (Veterans Day, All Veterans with card, $3 Admission) Grand Entry at 1PM and 7PM
  • Sun., August 15 – (Special Events Day) Grand Entry at 1PM

Cant attend in person? We’ll be livestreaming on our website!




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MNR Calendar Photo Contest 2021

Meskwaki Natural Resources (MNR) will be hosting a Calendar Photo Contest in 2021, the top 12 photos will be published in the 2022 MNR Calendar!

Photos must be submitted digitally at nin.youngbear@meskwaki-nsn.gov by Friday, November 19 at 4:30pm to the MNR Office.

MNR Photo Contest Details:

  • Winners will be announced on November 23rd.
  • Photos can be in black and white and/or color.
  • All photos will be rated on a point system:
    • Photos can be taken on or off the Settlement. (Please state location with submission).
    • Extra points will be awarded for photos taken on the Settlement.
    • Photos must be Natural Resources related or of a Natural Resource activity.
    • Extra points for clarity, neatness, and quality.
  • Photos can be taken by community members and Tribal employees.
    • Submit up to four (4) photos per person (1 per season).
    • By submitting photos, MNR has permission to use them at their discretion for future projects.


1st Place: $100

2nd Place: $75

3rd Place: $50

4th Place: $25

For more information please contact Nina at (641) 484-3511.

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Tribal Council Meeting to be held July 28, 2021

The next Tribal Council meeting has been scheduled to be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 beginning at 5:00pm to be held in the Tribal Chambers.

With Covid-19 precautions in mind, Tribal Council Members, key staff and individuals on the agenda will only be allowed in the meeting. This will be a temporary arrangement until further notice.

*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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MSS Providing Breakfast and Lunch to All Youth Ages 1-18

Join MSS for a FREE BREAKFAST and LUNCH. This FREE meal service is open for all children 1-18 years of age! No registration is required.
July 6 through July 29
(Monday-Thursday only)
*No meals on July 13, due to Meskwaki Proclamation Day
Breakfast: 8AM-9AM
Lunch: 11:30AM-12:30PM
MSS Elementary Gym
** Children and teens are allowed to eat in the lunch area with a parent/guardian or can you can pick up meals in to-go containers.
Questions? Contact Estelle Buffalo at 641-484-4990.
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