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Category Archives: Youth Program

Information posted here collects in the right hand column of the Youth Program webpage as well as on the Tribal website’s “In The News” page. The post automatically posts to the MYP Facebook page.

Important MYP Notice – Spring Break Activities

From the Meskwaki Youth Program Office:

“Greetings Families, Friends, & Colleagues,

One of our top priorities here at the Meskwaki Nation Youth Development Program has been to keep our children safe. So with this being said due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus, we will cancel all Spring Break activities scheduled off the Settlement. Cancelled activities include: “Get Air”, Science Center, Bowling and the Mall/Movie. All other activities will remain on the Settlement they include: Basketball Camps, Open Gyms, and the Bounce House will continue as planned. Please click the link to learn about on how you can help: Workplace, School and Home Guidance

Additional cleaning and disinfecting measures will be incorporated and additional preventative measures including deep cleaning of toys and equipment along with the teaching of everyday safety precautions will be enacted to to keep our youth safe.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and dedication to our program we know you that you have a choice to participate with us. We really appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing your children at our scheduled on settlement events!”

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Career Awakenings Expo on Tuesday and Thursday

Here’s a sneak peek of all the presenters coming to the Workforce Development Career Awakenings Expo happening on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 4:30 – 7;30 PM at the Meskwaki Settlement School.  In conjunction with Parent Teacher Conferences being held,  youth and adults are invited to hear about career opportunities in our community.  Be a part of this exciting informational opportunity!  Supper and prizes will be served each night!


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Meskwaki and Native American Artisans Wanted

Are you an artisan who is interested in sharing your expertise in Meskwaki or Native American craftsmanship with youth ages 6 to 13? Do you hope to inspire native youth to learn the skill of a traditional craft? If you answered yes, then Meskwaki Youth Program is looking for you!

Meskwaki Youth Program is looking for Meskwaki and Native American artisans!

MYP’s goal is to provide a unique learning experience for native youth so they may gain the skills and confidence needed to create traditional arts, crafts and attire.

More Details:

  • Starts Tuesday, June 2nd, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (1 day is aquatic day)
  • Will be given honorariums for time worked
  • Supplies and materials will be purchased/supplied by MYP
  • MYP Assistants will be on-hand for support
  • Must fill out application and W-9
  • Must successfully pass background check

Questions? Suggestions? Call the Meskwaki Youth Program at (641) 484-5369 or stop in to the Office at 1496 Hwy. 30 Suite 500, Tama, IA 52339.

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Boys/Girls Lacrosse Parent Meeting

The Meskwaki Youth Program will be having a Boys/Girls Lacrosse Parent Meeting tomorrow, January 15th in the MSS High School Commons. The Boys meeting will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm and the Girls from 7:00-8:00 pm.

Boys Lacrosse is for boys ages 9 to 13 years, there will be a $30 registration fee for each participant. During this meeting they will discuss practice times, knuckle head uniforms, upcoming clinics and lacrosse games and tournaments.

Girls Lacrosse is for girls in grades 4th through 6th, there will also be a $30 registration fee per participant. During this meeting they will discuss coaches, girls team name/logo/colors/uniform, practice times, upcoming clinics, lacrosse games and tournaments.

This will be a recreational lacrosse program for all Meskwaki children.

For questions please contact MYP at 641-484-5369.

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2019 Meskwaki Veterans Day Powwow

2019 Meskwaki Veterans Powwow – Saturday, November 9th in the MSS High School Gym

ALL Veterans and General Public Invited – Free Admission.

Come join us as we honor and show respect to Veterans. We hope to see you there!
5:00 pm – Dinner (Sides Greatly appreciated!)
5:30 pm – Veterans Powwow Princess and Brave Contest
  • 10-17 years old
  • Must be a descendant of Meskwaki Veteran
6:30 pm – Grand Entry
  • Color Guard – Robert Morgan Legion Post #701
  • Head Man – Dennis Youngbear, US Army -Meskwaki
  • Head Lady – Aubry Roberts, 2018 Veterans Princess
  • Emcee – Mikona – Tyler Lasley
  • Youth Emcee – Tyrin Lasley
  • Arena Director – Jason “Jayrock” Kingbird
  • Youth Arena Director – Lincoln Kingbird
  • Host Drum – Coon Hunters
  • Youth Host Drum – The Crew
  • Sound – Bones Explicit


  • Junior Girls Jingle Special – 3 Places, Sponsored by Aubrey Roberts, 2018 Veterans Princess
  • Veterans Men’s Combined (50 & up) – 1st Place and 2 Consolations, Sponsored by Dennis Youngbear
  • Youth Categories (Juniors & Teens) All Styles – Sponsored by Meskwaki Youth Program
  • Tiny Tots (6 & under) Must be in Regalia- Sponsored by Meskwaki Family Services

To Sponsor a Special – Please contact Jennie Wanatee at (641) 481-5360.

All Drums (Day Money) and Vendors – Contact Jennie Wanatee (641) 481-5360

Door Prizes throughout the evening – MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

Questions? Contact Jennie Wanatee at (641) 481-5369.

Hosted in partnership: STC Native Pride Unity Club and Meskwaki Nation Youth Program

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Meskwaki Halloween Party

Join in on the fun during the Meskwaki Halloween Party! Saturday, November 2nd in the MSS High School Gym. Doors open at 5:30 pm, there will be Door Prizes, Games, Dancing and Refreshments!

Party Games begin at 6:00 pm – there will be prizes for winners!

Contest Registration from 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm.

  • Witch and Warlock Contest (Sponsored by MNCSS)
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
  • Baby Contest (Sponsored by Child Care Program)
    • 3 Places -Ages  0-12 month, 13-24 month and 3-5 years.
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest **Pumpkins donated by Red Earth Gardens**
    • Adult’s will have 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners (Sponsored by Economic Development)
    • Youth will have 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners (Sponsored by Youth Program)
  • Grand Entry at 7:00 pm
  • Host Drum: Meskwaki Nation
  • MC: Mikona
  • Youth Categories:
    • 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17
  • Adult Categories:
    • 18 and Up
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MYP Hosts Lacrosse Camp on Saturday, Sept. 28th

The Meskwaki Youth Program along with co-hosts: University of Iowa Lacrosse Team, and the IA Mavericks Girls Lacrosse Coaches Clinic will be sponsoring a Lacrosse Camp to be held on Saturday, September 28th.

This Lacrosse Camp  will be held on September 28th, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm for Boys and Girls in Grades 3rd – 6th at the Meskwaki Settlement School Football Field (1610 305th Street, Tama, IA 52339).

The cost for this camp is $10 per child – cost includes T-shirt and snack.

Onsite Registration and Drop off at MSS at 1:45pm

OR online at https://forms.gle/uEJPgb5qEB8JRCyB7

For more information or questions, contact Meskwaki Youth Program at (641) 484-5369.

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Veterans Powwow Princess and Brave Contest

Meskwaki Youth Program is proud to announce the Veterans Day Powwow Princess and Brave Contest!

Applications are now being accepted for the Princess and Brave contest. The application and picture deadline is October 18, 2019. Applicants must be from 10-17 years of age, and a descendant of a Meskwaki Veteran. You can apply online at > , https://forms.gle/Li71Sgxcf2CrN4Zf6 .

For questions please contact MYP at (641) 484-5369.

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