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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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Aug
26
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting @ via Zoom
Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ via Zoom

A Tribal Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm via Zoom.

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

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairman.

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Sep
2
Wed
MSS School Device Pickup
Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In preparation for virtual learning, students in Kindergarten through 12th grade will be issued a device that will travel to and from school each day during this time of Virtual learning. Families must complete the registration process to be issued a device. If you have not done that, please do so online before you come to the school or you will be asked to complete that at curbside before the device is issued.

Parents/Guardians must be the person picking up the device. You will be asked to sign off that you have been issued a device and understand responsibilities. We are asking that you view the student technology handbook, acceptable use policy, and a short video before coming to the school. You can find those on the school website http://msswarriors.org/

Pick up times for curbside handout:
Wednesday, September 2nd from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, September 3rd from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please enter from the west side of the school to the main (central commons) entrance and exit on the east side. Pull up to the curb on the curved driveway. A staff member will come to your vehicle to get the process started.

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Tribal Council Meeting
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep
3
Thu
MSS School Device Pickup
Sep 3 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In preparation for virtual learning, students in Kindergarten through 12th grade will be issued a device that will travel to and from school each day during this time of Virtual learning. Families must complete the registration process to be issued a device. If you have not done that, please do so online before you come to the school or you will be asked to complete that at curbside before the device is issued.

Parents/Guardians must be the person picking up the device. You will be asked to sign off that you have been issued a device and understand responsibilities. We are asking that you view the student technology handbook, acceptable use policy, and a short video before coming to the school. You can find those on the school website http://msswarriors.org/

Pick up times for curbside handout:
Wednesday, September 2nd from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, September 3rd from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please enter from the west side of the school to the main (central commons) entrance and exit on the east side. Pull up to the curb on the curved driveway. A staff member will come to your vehicle to get the process started.

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Sep
7
Mon
Tribal Offices Closed for Labor Day
Sep 7 all-day

Tribal Offices including the Tribal Center, Health Clinic, Pharmacy, and Senior  Center will be closed in honor of the holiday.

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Sep
8
Tue
MSS School Begins
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sep
9
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
resr
Sep 9 @ 7:22 pm – 8:22 pm
Sep
23
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting @ via Zoom
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ via Zoom

A Tribal Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm via Zoom.

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

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

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

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Oct
2
Fri
Meskwaki Warriors Homecoming Coronation @ MSS Football Field
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
7
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting via Zoom @ via Zoom
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting via Zoom @ via Zoom

A Tribal Council will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm via Zoom

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

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.

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

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Nov
11
Wed
Tribal Ops Closed – Veterans Day Holiday
Nov 11 all-day
Nov
18
Wed
Tribal Council Meeting @ via Zoom
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ via Zoom
The next Tribal Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm and be held via Zoom.
Due to Covid and for the safety of participants, this meeting will be held via Zoom.
*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.
**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chairperson.
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Nov
19
Thu
MNR Buffalo Meat Distribution @ Meskwaki Tribal Center Front Entrance
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meskwaki Natural Resources is excited to announcement the first buffalo meat distribution of the season! The Covid-19 pandemic caused many supply chain disruptions throughout the year and food security needs became more crucial and apparent than ever before. We are excited to be able to offer the Meskwaki Community a source of buffalo meat. Due to many disruptions however, MNR was only able to harvest about one third of what is typically done in a year. With that, we ask that you still bring reusable grocery bags to reduce the dependency on single use plastic, but we will not be offering an additional pound of meat for doing so. We want to ensure as many households gain access to this opportunity as possible. Finally, we ask that everyone in attendance wear a mask and to social distance while in line, and do not come if you are experiencing any covid-19 symptoms. Thank you to the community for the support year after year to help make this distribution a success! We hope to see you there!

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MNR Buffalo Meat Distribution @ Meskwaki Tribal Center Front Entrance
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Meskwaki Natural Resources is excited to announcement the first buffalo meat distribution of the season! The Covid-19 pandemic caused many supply chain disruptions throughout the year and food security needs became more crucial and apparent than ever before. We are excited to be able to offer the Meskwaki Community a source of buffalo meat. Due to many disruptions however, MNR was only able to harvest about one third of what is typically done in a year. With that, we ask that you still bring reusable grocery bags to reduce the dependency on single use plastic, but we will not be offering an additional pound of meat for doing so. We want to ensure as many households gain access to this opportunity as possible. Finally, we ask that everyone in attendance wear a mask and to social distance while in line, and do not come if you are experiencing any covid-19 symptoms. Thank you to the community for the support year after year to help make this distribution a success! We hope to see you there!

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Nov
23
Mon
MYDP Christmas Book & PJ Drive @ Tribal Center // Mesquakie Friends Church
Nov 23 @ 8:00 am – Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm
MYDP Christmas Book & PJ Drive @ Tribal Center // Mesquakie Friends Church

The Meskwaki Youth Development Program and Mesquakie Friends Church will be hosting a Christmas Book and PJ Drive to give to our Meskwaki Youth.

Help donate gently used or new children books and/or pj’s to give to Meskwaki youth.

You can drop off donations at the Meskwaki Tribal Center or the Mesquakie Friends Church. Donations will be accepted from November 23 until December 15.

For more information contact Tashina at (641) 484-5369.

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Nov
26
Thu
Tribal Ops Closed – Thanksgiving
Nov 26 all-day
Tribal Ops Closed - Thanksgiving

Meskwaki Tribal Operations, including the Health Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 30th.

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Nov
27
Fri
Tribal Ops Closed – Thanksgiving
Nov 27 all-day
Tribal Ops Closed - Thanksgiving

Meskwaki Tribal Operations, including the Health Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 30th.

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Dec
1
Tue
Buffalo Meat Distribution for Seniors and Elders @ Meskwaki Senior Services
Dec 1 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Buffalo Meat Distribution for Seniors and Elders @ Meskwaki Senior Services | Tama | Iowa | United States

On Tuesday, December 1st Meskwaki Natural Resources is partnering with Senior Services to provide buffalo meat to seniors and elders who were not able to access meat through the regular meat distribution. Due to the high demand and low quantities of meat, MNR set aside meat for seniors and elders to ensure they are provided a share of buffalo meat without risking covid-19 exposures or running out of meat early. The distribution will take place at the Seniors starting at 11:30am and will end at 12:30pm. This special distribution is for SENIORS and ELDERS ONLY to ensure they get a share of meat from our 2020 meat supply. Those that qualify to get meat through this special distribution include: Home bound seniors and elders, Seniors or elders that did not have relatives pick up meat for them, Seniors or elders that did not receive meat because the distribution ran out of supplies. If your name is on the list from the November 19th distribution, you do not qualify for a share of meat through Senior Services.

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