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Meskwaki Natural Resources (MNR)

Meskwaki Natural Resources (MNR) exists to support the Meskwaki culture and enable Tribal members to continue practicing their way of life free from environmental risk factors.


Meskwaki Department of Natural Resources exists to preserve, conserve, and restore the natural resources of the Tribe so they may uphold the sovereign rights of the Tribe, provide for future generations, strengthen the Meskwaki culture and protect Grandmother Earth.

Current Events:

Visit the Meskwaki Natural Resource’s In The News page to find the latest posts about upcoming events, news, educational resources and more. Seeking to preserve, conserve and restore the natural resources of the Tribe, check back often to find out the latest information about the MNR family of programs!

Meskwaki Natural Resources Newsletters:

To view the digital edition of the MNR Quarterly newsletters use the links below!

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Winter 2019

Spring 2019

Department Overview:

Meskwaki Department of Natural Resources’ goal is to achieve strong, well-rounded and fully operating programing that is grant funded and community based. MNR is committed to building long-term capacity of MNR staff, other tribal departments, and the community to manage Tribal natural and environmental resources; while working together to mitigate potential issues that may impact the environment or the health and welfare of Tribal Members. MNR consists of an Environmental Division and a Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Division. These divisions work collaboratively across programs to tackle large-scale projects pertaining to water, air, land, and life. To highlight and focus long-term objectives, MNR has developed an adaptive 10-year Department Program Plan (click here to view). The plan will allow the Tribe and MNR to prioritize issues and focus available resources on issues most critical and important to the community. To solidify the commitment to cultural ties, MNR has created a departmental cultural plan (attached below). Across all department programs, MNR views youth involvement, community input, and outreach activities as highest priority. Involvement today leads to better outcomes tomorrow.

  • MNR strives to work cooperatively with other departments and the Tribal community to help formulate, document and pass on traditional cultural knowledge for future generations….
  • MNR strives to be sensitive to traditional cultural protocol, as it relates to appropriate uses of knowledge…..
  • MNR recognizes cultural knowledge as part of a living and constantly adapting system that is grounded in the past, and continues to grow through the present and into the future…..
  • MNR utilizes the natural environment of the Settlement to move educational activities beyond the classroom as way of fostering place-based education and deepening the learning experiences of the youth…
  • MNR strives to work with the community and people of the Settlement to gain an understanding of the communities needs as they relate to the well-being and survival of the culture.

Cultural Plan:

MNR’s goal is to strengthen and expand the ties of all natural resource areas to the cultural and traditional knowledge of the community.

This can be accomplished by exercising professional responsibilities in the context of cultural traditions and expectations by:

  • Assisting members of the tribe so they may acquire the knowledge and skills needed.
  • Making use of locally-produced materials (reports, videos, maps, books, tribal documents, etc.) in all subject areas and working in close collaboration with other agencies.
  • Maintaining a close working relationship with and making appropriate use of the cultural and professional skills of co-workers from the tribe.
  • Perform yearly Cultural programs/education.

Programs Include:

  • Community Buffalo Meat Distribution
  • Surface and Well Water Sampling
  • Restoration: Cultural Plants, Trees, etc…
  • Investigation of Natural Resource Related Issues
  • Weather Monitoring
  • Wildlife Fuel Reduction
  • Presentation and Workshops on Natural Resources
  • Cultural Workshops
  • Community requests and assistance
  • Rabies & Mange Domestic Pet Clinic

Program Staff:

Meskwaki Natural Resources Staff
Program Director Jarrett Pfrimmer
Environmental Branch  Coordinator Kelly Schott
Water Program Lead Jake Hill
Air Quality Program Lead TBH
Wildlife & Agriculture Coordinator Megan Volkens
Habitat Specialist Adam Ledvina
Administrative Assistant Nina Young Bear
Conservation Aide Stacy Youngbear
Field Technician (Temp) Dustin Roberts
Field Technician (Temp) Willis Davenport
Field Technician (Temp) Abigail IronShell
Field Technician (Temp) Thomas Peters


Physical Address: Mailing Address: Phone: 641.484.3511
1826 340th Street
Tama, IA 52339
1826 340th Street
Tama, IA 52339
Fax: 641.484.3614
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