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Meskwaki Food Sovereignty

Our Mission

It’s our mission to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki Indigenous knowledge and life-ways.

What We Do

Meskwaki Food Sovereignty is a program that organizes the local and traditional food initiatives for our tribal community. We also serve as an incubator for the department’s programs PTEC and Summer Youth Employment to learn about traditional foods, growing, harvesting, and job skills through on-the job training.

Coming Soon – Youth Agriculture Club

Meskwaki Food Sovereignty aims to educate our youth by developing an agriculture club with a focus on Meskwaki food systems, agriculture, and land stewardship. Through club activities our youth will learn from tribal knowledge keepers that will preserve our tribal values and practices and through guest speakers our youth will be exposed to agriculture careers and initiatives to increase our local food system.

What We Do

  • Community-based Projects
  • Community Ketikanani
  • Seed Saving
  • Seed & Transplant Giveaway
  • Tiling Services
  • Community Meals
  • Workshop & Cooking Demonstrations

Recent News

Upcoming Events

Food Sovereignty Staff

Our MFSI team is part of the Workforce Development department. 

Avis Bear-Bass

Youth Education Coordinator

Workforce Development

avis.bearbass@meskwaki-nsn.gov
(641) 484-9510

Christina Blackcloud

Food Sovereignty Coordinator

Workforce Development

christina.blackcloud@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-9511

Luke Kapayou

Ancestral Farming Manager

Workforce Development

lukew.kapayou@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-9513

Program Contact Information & Hours

Operating Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone Number

(641) 481-6449

Physical & Mailing Address

3134 H Ave Tama, IA 52339

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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.