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Mar
17
Tue
Meskwaki Casino OPENING JULY 1
Mar 17 – Jun 30 all-day
Meskwaki Casino OPENING JULY 1 @ Tama | Iowa | United States

The Meskwaki Tribal Council and MBCH Executive Management met today, Monday, March 16, 2020 and have jointly agreed to the temporary closure of our casino and hotel, effective Tuesday, March 17 at 12 am through the end of June.  A tentative re-opening date has been set for July 1st.  This closure serves as a preventive measure to ensure the health and well-being of both our team and guests is preserved and protected as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues.

MBCH Executive Management remains unified in the protection of our guests, team members and their families, tribal and local communities, as well as the numerous vendors we utilize in our operations.

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel will honor all employees’ base pay rates and their benefits during this temporary closure.

It is important to note that our casino has not experienced any cases of COVID-19 and this action is solely a precaution to protect the health and safety of our guests, team members, and community. That said, we will be conducting multiple facility-wide sanitization projects throughout the closure.

Our thoughts are with the families and communities that have been impacted by this virus.

Be smart, be safe, take care of one another, and let’s all do our part to protect our community and those we love most. 

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Jun
24
Wed
Tribal Council Zoom Meeting
Jun 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tribal Council Zoom Meeting

Due to COVID19 and the safety of the participants, this will be held via Zoom.

Meetings dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairperson.

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Jun
26
Fri
MSS Graduation Rehearsal @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

All graduates need to attend rehearsal or will not be allowed to participate in graduation on Saturday.

 

All staff and students must wear masks!

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Jun
27
Sat
MSS High School Graduation Commencement
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
MSS High School Graduation Commencement

The Meskwaki Settlement School plans to hold a CLOSED live graduation ceremony for immediate household family members to be held on June 27th at the school’s football field.

FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, ONLY THE STUDENT AND HIS/HER IMMEDIATE HOUSEHOLD FAMILY MEMBERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND DUE DO SOCIAL GATHERING LIMITATIONS SET BY TRIBAL COUNCIL REGARDING COVID-19.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will participate in a parade that will go through the Settlement led by the Meskwaki Police Department.

The ceremony will be live streamed for public viewing here:

 

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Jul
1
Wed
PTEC Begins
Jul 1 @ 8:00 am
PTEC Begins

Workforce Development’s Promoting Tribal Economies Course begins.  Those signed up before the March deadline will begin their program today!

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Coronavirus Relief Fund Distribution
Jul 1 @ 8:30 am – Jul 3 @ 4:00 pm
Coronavirus Relief Fund Distribution
Forms need to be completed for Coronavirus emergency relief funding.
Enrolled adult members can come to the tribal center to turn in or fill out their forms and pick up their check starting Tuesday June 30th (tomorrow) from 8:30 to 4pm.   NO CHILDREN PLEASE.
Finance employees will be set up Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 4pm each day. Friday they will be there from 9am to 2pm.
THIS IS NOT PER CAPITA. This is in addition to per capita.
If you cannot come to the tribal center, forms can be notarized and mailed. After your forms are received by the finance office your check will be mailed to you, with the address we have on file.
Adults need to bring a photo ID. Children do not need to be present. Parents and guardians can pick up their checks.
Masks are required. If you have a temperature of 100.4 you will not be admitted in the building.
If you are sick, please stay home!
Checks will be held until members can complete the paperwork.
With active cases on the settlement and the recent exposure at the adoption please follow physical distancing.
Expect a line and to wait. No children, please.
Thank you.
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Tribal Council Meeting (Zoom)
Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Due to Covid19 and the safety of the participants, this will be held via Zoom.

Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis and subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairperson.

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Jul
3
Fri
Independence Day Holiday – Tribal Ops Closed
Jul 3 all-day
Tribal Ops Closed
Jul 3 all-day

Closed for holiday.

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Jul
13
Mon
Meskwaki Nation Day Holiday – Buildings Closed / No Activities
Jul 13 all-day
Meskwaki Nation Day Holiday - Buildings Closed / No Activities

On May 27, 1992 the Tribal Council passed a resolution marking the date of July 13th as an official Meskwaki National Holiday.  Tribal Operations including the Health Clinic, Pharmacy, Seniors, and others will be closed in commemoration.

Whereas, the Mesquaki Nation of Iowa were the only Indian Tribe to purchase land in Iowa for the establishment of the Mesquaki Indian Settlement on July 13, 1857, and

Whereas, the Mesquaki Nation of Iowa is forever grateful for the foresight and spirit that the tribal leaders who purchased the original lands had for the future of the Mesquaki Nation, and

Whereas, the Mesquaki Nation of Iowa shall always recognize the significant contribution of the original founders and families of the Mesquaki Indian Settlement, and

Whereas, the Mesquaki Nation of Iowa has been and will be able to thrive on their original homelands comprising the Mesquaki Indian Settlement due to the original founders and families who purchased the land, and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tribal Council of the Mesquaki Nation of Iowa hereby proclaim the date of July 13, 1857 as a significant date in the Tribe’s history and the Mesquaki Nation will always honor the significant contribution the original founders and families made for the tribe by declaring this date a Meskwaki National Holiday from this date forward, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Tribal Chairman and the Tribal Secretary are hereby authorized to sign this proclamation.

 

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Jul
15
Wed
Healthy Trail Mix – Cooking Demo @ Facebook Live
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Healthy Trail Mix - Cooking Demo @ Facebook Live

Meskwaki Diabetes Program presents a healthy homemade trail mix cooking demo! This will be held on July 15th at Noon through Megan’s Facebook live. The video will be posted along with the recipe after the live demo. Stay tuned!

You can view the live demo through Megan’s Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/megankoehn.clinicdietitian.5

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Jul
22
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting

Due to COVID-19 the meeting will be held via Zoom.

 

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Jul
29
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting Via Zoom
Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting Via Zoom

Due to COVID-19 the meeting will be held via Zoom.

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Aug
6
Thu
Meskwaki Annual Powwow CANCELED
Aug 6 all-day
Meskwaki Annual Powwow CANCELED

In regards to the 2020 Meskwaki Annual Powwow, Tribal Council and MAPA have agreed to cancel this year’s powwow in concern for the safety and well-being of the people during this pandemic. We hope to sing and dance together again in the future to come as the days get better. Ketebi and hope everyone is still dancing and singing at home.

Although the Meskwaki Annual Powwow for 2020
has been canceled, Tribal Offices will still be closing at noon
on Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.

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Tribal Offices Closing at Noon
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 4:30 pm

Although the Meskwaki Annual Powwow for 2020
has been canceled, Tribal Offices will still be closing at noon
on Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th

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Aug
7
Fri
Meskwaki Annual Powwow CANCELED
Aug 7 all-day
Meskwaki Annual Powwow CANCELED

In regards to the 2020 Meskwaki Annual Powwow, Tribal Council and MAPA have agreed to cancel this year’s powwow in concern for the safety and well-being of the people during this pandemic. We hope to sing and dance together again in the future to come as the days get better. Ketebi and hope everyone is still dancing and singing at home.

Although the Meskwaki Annual Powwow for 2020
has been canceled, Tribal Offices will still be closing at noon
on Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.

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Tribal Offices Closing at Noon
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tribal Offices Closing at Noon

Although the Meskwaki Annual Powwow for 2020
has been canceled, Tribal Offices will still be closing at noon
on Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.

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Aug
8
Sat
Meskwaki Annual Powwow CANCELED
Aug 8 all-day
Meskwaki Annual Powwow CANCELED

In regards to the 2020 Meskwaki Annual Powwow, Tribal Council and MAPA have agreed to cancel this year’s powwow in concern for the safety and well-being of the people during this pandemic. We hope to sing and dance together again in the future to come as the days get better. Ketebi and hope everyone is still dancing and singing at home.

Although the Meskwaki Annual Powwow for 2020
has been canceled, Tribal Offices will still be closing at noon
on Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.

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Aug
9
Sun
Meskwaki Annual Powwow CANCELED
Aug 9 all-day
Meskwaki Annual Powwow CANCELED

In regards to the 2020 Meskwaki Annual Powwow, Tribal Council and MAPA have agreed to cancel this year’s powwow in concern for the safety and well-being of the people during this pandemic. We hope to sing and dance together again in the future to come as the days get better. Ketebi and hope everyone is still dancing and singing at home.

Although the Meskwaki Annual Powwow for 2020
has been canceled, Tribal Offices will still be closing at noon
on Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.

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Aug
12
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting
Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting

Due to COVID-19 and the safety of the participants, this will be held via Zoom.

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Aug
17
Mon
DELAY till 9/8: Meskwaki Settlement School Begins
Aug 17 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
DELAY till 9/8: Meskwaki Settlement School Begins

We hope this message finds everyone safe and recovering from the recent storm.  Given the recent storm damage and continued COVID concerns, Tribal Council has elected to delay the start of school until Sept. 8th. Between now and then, we will adjust delivery of professional development for staff and will determine the best delivery model for providing education to our students. Please know that we are thinking of our students, staff, families, and community during this difficult time.

Thank You.

~ Dr. Willie Barney, Superintendent

Beginning of the School Year

At this time, the district plans to start staff PD on August 10th and students will start August 17th.  Given our current information, we are planning to begin the school year with the Hybrid Model.
Visit the school’s website for details at:  www.msswarriors.org.
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Aug
19
Wed
American Indian Council Sign Up for Volunteers
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The American Indian Council is offering stipends for up to 10 volunteers to assist in the Meskwaki Nation’s recovery efforts due to the recent derecho storm disaster.

They are looking for the following:
• 5 volunteers to work with Food Sovereignty
• 5 volunteers to work on general storm cleanup efforts
• Total payment/stipends are available per person of:
• $9.50/hour plus required workers comp, etc.
• Part time up to 2 months
• Full time for up to one month
• Maximum of 160 hours

Volunteers will need to sign up with the American Indian Council.

If interested, please come to the Meskwaki Tribal Center, 349 Meskwaki Rd., Tama, Iowa at 1 PM on Wednesday, August 18th to sign up or contact Krista Snow from the American Indian Council at (641) 754-1400 ext. 7 for more information.

Participants do not need to be enrolled members or descendants of the Meskwaki Nation but must be members or descendants of any Federally recognized Tribe.

Those who wish to participate must have the following documents:
• CDIB or Tribal ID
• State issued ID
• Physical address
• Social Security card
• Proof of income, including per-cap, child support, etc.
• If a male over the age of 18: selective service number.

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Aug
21
Fri
Grab-&-Go Hamburger Dinner @ Tribal Center
Aug 21 @ 4:00 pm
Grab-&-Go Hamburger Dinner @ Tribal Center

Today, August 21st there will be a Grab-&-Go Hamburger Dinner at the Meskwaki Tribal Center beginning at 4:00 pm. Everyone welcome!

*Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

We will be serving up 1,000 hamburgers and buns donated by Iowa Premium. Snacks and water will also be available donated by Feeding America. Non-perishable food items will be distributed which will be provided by the Food Bank.

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Aug
24
Mon
Community Food Distribution @ North Parking Lot - Meskwaki Casino
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am
Community Food Distribution @ North Parking Lot - Meskwaki Casino

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be hosting a Community Food Distribution on Monday, Aug. 24th at 11:00 am in the North Parking Lot of the Meskwaki Casino.

All Meskwaki Community residents are invited to pick up needed food for their homes.

*Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Healthy Walking Club 2:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
June 3, 2021 at 2 PM Healthy Walking Club Powwow Grounds every Thursday in the summer
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Tribal Ops Closed for Employee Picnic 8:00 am
Tribal Ops Closed for Employee Picnic
Jul 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tribal Ops Closed for Employee Picnic
Tribal Ops including the Health Clinic, Pharmacy, and Tribal Center will be closed on Friday, July 2nd for its annual employee picnic.
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Health Clinic Community Event 8:00 am
Health Clinic Community Event @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
Jul 4 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Health Clinic Community Event @ Meskwaki Health Clinic
Join the Meskwaki Health Clinic for a walk-run, lunch and family fun games on Sunday, July 4 from 8:00AM-2:00PM at the Meskwaki Health Clinic! Walk-Run registration at 8:00AM Walk-Run begins at 8:30AM Food and Games … Continue reading Health Clinic Community Event
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Tribal Operations Closed in Observance of the Independence Day
Tribal Operations Closed in Observance of the Independence Day
Jul 5 all-day
Tribal Operations Closed in Observance of the Independence Day
Tribal Operations, including the Meskwaki Health Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of Independence Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
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Healthy Walking Club 12:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Toledo Heights
Jul 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
June 1, 2021 at noon Healthy Walking Club– Toledo Heights every Tuesday in the summer
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Red Earth Gardens Share Program Pick-Up 1:00 pm
Red Earth Gardens Share Program Pick-Up @ Red Earth Gardens
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pick up bag of veggies Cooking Demo Starting at 1:30pm at REG (Red Earth Gardens)
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Healthy Walking Club 2:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
June 3, 2021 at 2 PM Healthy Walking Club Powwow Grounds every Thursday in the summer
Meskwaki Girls Softball Teams End of Season Pool Party 8:00 pm
Meskwaki Girls Softball Teams End of Season Pool Party @ Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center
Jul 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meskwaki Girls Softball Teams End of Season Pool Party @ Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center
Meskwaki Softball Teams Black, White, Green, Eagles, Thunder and Fish and their family are invited to the End of the Season Pool Party on Thursday, July 8 from 8PM-10PM at the Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center! Weather … Continue reading Meskwaki Girls Softball Teams End of Season Pool Party
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Lacrosse Teams End of Season Pool Party 8:00 pm
Lacrosse Teams End of Season Pool Party @ Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center
Jul 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lacrosse Teams End of Season Pool Party @ Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center
Meskwaki Lacrosse Club will be hosting an End of Season Pool Party for the Meskwaki Knuckleheads and Meskwaki Swans teams on Friday, July 9 from 8PM-10PM at the Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center. *Weather permitting.
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Tribal Operations Closed – Meskwaki Nation Day
Tribal Operations Closed – Meskwaki Nation Day
Jul 13 all-day
Tribal Operations Closed - Meskwaki Nation Day
Tribal Operations, including the Meskwaki Health Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in observance of the Meskwaki Nation Day holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
Meskwaki Nation Day Events 8:00 am
Meskwaki Nation Day Events @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Meskwaki Nation Day Events @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Join us to celebrate: MESKWAKI NATION DAY Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Meskwaki Powwow Grounds Agenda: 8:00AM – Walk/Run 10:00AM – Flag Raising 10:30AM – Oral history on the significance of Meskwaki Nation Day > … Continue reading Meskwaki Nation Day Events
Healthy Walking Club 12:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Toledo Heights
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
June 1, 2021 at noon Healthy Walking Club– Toledo Heights every Tuesday in the summer
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2 Hour Delay for Tribal Operations (Health Clinic opens at 8 AM) 8:00 am
2 Hour Delay for Tribal Operations (Health Clinic opens at 8 AM)
Jul 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Two hour delay on Wednesday, July 14th.  Tribal Operations opening at 10 AM excluding the HEALTH CLINIC which will OPEN at 8 am!
Coffee and Culture 8:00 am
Coffee and Culture @ Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
Jul 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Coffee and Culture @ Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel | Tama | Iowa | United States
Who: Community elders, members of the Meskwaki Elders Circle, & members of the Meskwaki Nation Police Department What: Discuss Meskwaki life and Police life to strengthen relationships between two unique cultures When: Every 2nd Wednesday … Continue reading Coffee and Culture
Diabetes Bingo 12:00 pm
Diabetes Bingo @ Meskwaki Convention Center
Jul 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
July 14, 2021 at noon Diabetes Bingo at Meskwaki Convention Center, call to sign-up Snack provide and prizes for all!
Tribal Council Meeting 5:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
The next Tribal Council meeting has been scheduled to be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 beginning at 5:00pm in the Tribal Chambers. With Covid-19 precautions, only Tribal Council Members, key staff and individuals on … Continue reading Tribal Council Meeting
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Healthy Walking Club 2:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
June 3, 2021 at 2 PM Healthy Walking Club Powwow Grounds every Thursday in the summer
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Diabetes Support Group Meeting 12:00 pm
Diabetes Support Group Meeting @ Meskwaki Convention Center
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
July 20th, at noon support group meeting, at Meskwaki Convention Center, call to sign-up more information to come! Meal provided
Healthy Walking Club 12:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Toledo Heights
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
June 1, 2021 at noon Healthy Walking Club– Toledo Heights every Tuesday in the summer
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Red Earth Gardens Share Program Pick-Up 1:00 pm
Red Earth Gardens Share Program Pick-Up @ Red Earth Gardens
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pick up bag of veggies Cooking Demo Starting at 1:30pm at REG (Red Earth Gardens)
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Healthy Walking Club 2:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
June 3, 2021 at 2 PM Healthy Walking Club Powwow Grounds every Thursday in the summer
*Rescheduled – MFS Community Pool Party 8:00 pm
*Rescheduled – MFS Community Pool Party @ Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
*Rescheduled - MFS Community Pool Party @ Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center | Toledo | Iowa | United States
Meskwaki Family Services is hosting a pool party at the Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center next Thursday, July 15 from 8:00pm-10:00pm. Pizza will be provided while supplies last. Concessions will also be available for purchase. Must wear … Continue reading *Rescheduled – MFS Community Pool Party
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Election Committee Meeting 3:00 pm
Election Committee Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm
Election Committee Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Election Committee Meeting Notice July 23rd at 3pm in the Tribal Chambers All enrolled members invited to attend.
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Cooling Center for Community OPEN
Cooling Center for Community OPEN
Jul 26 – Jul 30 all-day
Cooling Center for Community OPEN
A cooling center has been set up at the Meskwaki Tribal Center for community members needing an air-conditioned space to temporarily deal with the health effects of the heatwave hitting our area this week. With … Continue reading Cooling Center for Community OPEN
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Healthy Walking Club 12:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Toledo Heights
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
June 1, 2021 at noon Healthy Walking Club– Toledo Heights every Tuesday in the summer
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Tribal Council Meeting 5:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
The next Tribal Council meeting has been scheduled to be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 beginning at 5:00pm to be held in the Tribal Chambers. With Covid-19 precautions in mind, Tribal Council Members, key … Continue reading Tribal Council Meeting
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ARPA 2021 Funding Distribution 8:00 am
ARPA 2021 Funding Distribution @ Meskwaki Tribal Center Gym
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:30 pm
ARPA 2021 Funding Distribution @ Meskwaki Tribal Center Gym
NEWS: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Distribution A mailing was sent out Friday, July 16, 2021 to enrolled Tribal Members with information and forms that need to be completed to receive emergency financial assistance … Continue reading ARPA 2021 Funding Distribution
Healthy Walking Club 2:00 pm
Healthy Walking Club @ Meskwaki Powwow Grounds
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
June 3, 2021 at 2 PM Healthy Walking Club Powwow Grounds every Thursday in the summer
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