(641) 484-4678 Toll Free: 1-800-944-9503 Fax: (641) 484-5424


Workforce Development Program

Providing concepts and entry strategies to promote the economic growth of the Meskwaki Nation by empowering its Native workforce.

Workforce Development Program Updates:



The Meskwaki Workforce Department facilitates the mobilization of community assets to diversify employment and promote financial empowerment within the Meskwaki Nation.  Its vision is to continually advocate for the development of a healthy, self-sufficient economy while strengthening and building upon Tribal values.

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Financial Literacy

Working in collaboration with the Meskwaki Youth Development Program Financial Literacy training is part of the Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) and include one hour sessions held over a six week period. The training utilizes the curriculum from Building Native Communities – Financial Skills for Families and covers the topics of:

  • Building a Healthy Economy
  • Developing a spending plan
  • Working with checking and savings accounts
  • Understanding credit and your credit report
  • Using credit
  • Be a smart consumer

Promoting Tribal Economies Course

Promoting Tribal Economies Course (PTEC) is a workforce development course through Workforce DevelopementI for Meskwaki Community Members interested in farming or related business. Participants build their resumes while hearing from local speakers, going on field trips, learning about food and farming, and building workplace skills during on-the-job training.

Call for information about the next class! Contact Shelley Kapayou to find out more at (641) 484-9501.

WORKFORCE  Development Staff


Director Shelley Kapayou
Administrative Assistant  Tamara Mauskemo
Farm Production Manager Grant Shadden
Project Manager Shoshonis Brown
Workforce Education Coordinator Stephanie Snow
Food Sovereignty Ancestral Farming Manager Luke Kapayou
Food Sovereignty Coordinator Christina Blackcloud
Physical Address: Mailing Address: Phone: 641.484.9501
3134 H Ave
Tama, IA 52339
3134 H Ave
Tama, IA 52339
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