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Office of the Attorney General

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.



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.



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

  • 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.




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 influending 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.



Services Overview:

The Office of the Attorney General servesas 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
Office of the Attorney General Staff
Attorney General Jay Finch
Assistant AG Joshua Canterbury
Assistant Attorney General / Lead Prosecutor Christopher Nydle
Legal Assistant Lowella Balderas


Physical Address: Mailing Address: Phone: 641.484.9220
349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339
349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339
Fax: 641.484.5425
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