Historic Preservation

Our Mission

The purpose of the Historical Preservation Department is to research, archive, protect, conserve, and perpetuate the traditional resources of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa.

What We Do

  • Research and recover items defined in NAGPRA
  • Maintain a database of all summaries and documentation received from institutions
  • Receive and assume custodial charge of all objects acquired by purchase, donation, and repatriation.
  • Provide historical research and data to Tribal Council, departments, and tribal programs.
  • Provide information, displays, and collections to the Tribal community as well to the general public through the Meskwaki Museum¬†& Cultural Center, the Tribal Center, the MBCH and others

How We Help

You can contact the Historic Preservation Department for the following:

  • NAGPRA Issues
  • 106 Process Undertakings
  • Artifact Donation
  • Monetary Donation
  • History Questions
  • Lending Art/Artifacts

Upcoming Events

Recent News

The Historic Preservation Department Staff

Johnathon Buffalo

Historical Preservation Director


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Steven Kapayou

Library Resource Technician


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Mary Young Bear

Textile Curator


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Contact the Historic Preservation Department

Phone Number

(641) 484-3185

Fax Number

(641) 484-3439

Physical Address

303 Meskwaki Road

Tama, IA 52339

Mailing Address

349 Meskwaki Road

Tama, IA 52339

Contact the Meskwaki Nation

Get in touch with our main office if you have general questions or need assistance finding the correct department to contact.