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Meskwaki Nation Photo Gallery
Mar
2
Mon
2020 High School Graduate Bio Form Due
Mar 2 all-day
Mar
3
Tue
Plaza 9 Movie; PM Showing w/ Supper
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm
Mar
4
Wed
ISU Extension – Lunch & Learn @ Meskwaki Senior Center
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Mar
5
Thu
Minnesota/Mystic Lake Casino Trip
Mar 5 – Mar 9 all-day
Mar
10
Tue
MSS Parent/Teacher Conferences @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Mar 10 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Career Awakenings Expo @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Mar 10 @ 4:30 pm

 

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Mar
11
Wed
Bingo @ Meskwaki Senior Center
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ Tribal Chambers

Tribal Council has scheduled a meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 beginning at 5:00 pm in the Tribal Chambers.

Enrolled Tribal Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

*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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Mar
12
Thu
MSS Parent/Teacher Conferences @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Career Awakenings Expo @ Meskwaki Settlement School
Mar 12 @ 4:30 pm

 

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Election Committee Meeting @ Tribal Chambers
Mar 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Election Committee Meeting @ Tribal Chambers

The Election Committee has scheduled a meeting to be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 beginning at 5:00 pm in the Tribal Chambers.

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Mar
16
Mon
MSS Spring Break
Mar 16 – Mar 20 all-day
Darts @ Meskwaki Senior Center
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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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Senior Meal Delivery
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Senior Meal Delivery

The Senior Center will provide lunch through home meal delivery each weekday during the temporary closure of Meskwaki Tribal Operations.  Seniors who would like a meal should call the center at (641) 484-9222 before 10 AM for delivery.

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CANCELED – Special Meeting re: MBCH Concerns @ MBCH Convention Center
Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm

CANCELED – RESCHEDULED TO LATER DATE. There will be a Special Meeting held regarding Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Concerns on Tuesday, March 17th in the MBCH Convention Center. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm and the meeting will begin at 6:00 pm.

Tribal Members and MBCH Employees are invited to attend this meeting.

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Mar
18
Wed
Temporary Closure Tribal Operations
Mar 18 – Jun 14 all-day
Temporary Closure Tribal Operations

Meskwaki Settlement, Tama, Iowa – Out of an abundance of caution for our community members and employees, Tribal Council has approved the closure of Tribal Operations beginning on Wednesday, March 18th.  The closure will remain in effect until June 15th  as of now and will be re-evaluated at a later date to determine if closure should be extended.   For the benefit of the community, the Meskwaki Health Clinic, Behavioral Health Services (MADAC), the CHR Program, Pharmacy, and the Meskwaki Travel Plaza will remain open.

Judith Bender, Tribal Council Chairwoman stated, “To minimize exposure to infected individuals, it is up to every single community member to do their part. Profound and significant steps have been made to limit the spread of the coronavirus in our community.  Stay home and stay safe.”

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

Tribal efforts to slow the spread of the infection of the COVID-19 virus onto the Meskwaki Settlement began to go into effect with the closure of the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel which temporarily closed for business on Tuesday, March 17th .

 

Meskwaki Settlement School

Starting Thursday, March 19th the Meskwaki Settlement School, including offices, will be closed.  Please see the schools website at www.msswarrior.org for more information.

 

Staff Compensation

During the temporary closure, all employees will be compensated with base pay rates and benefits.  Staff are implored to stay at home, practice social distancing, and avoid social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people.  To assist enrolled members and their descendants during the closure, food, and health assistance will be available including:

 

Senior Meals

The Senior Center will provide lunch through home meal delivery each weekday.  Seniors who would like a meal should call the center at (641) 484-9222 before 10 AM for delivery.

 

Children Curbside Grab-N-Go Meals

Starting Monday, April 13, there will be a change to our curbside lunch distribution. In order to decrease the number of times that families have to go out to get lunches, we will be covering multiple days with less lunch pick-ups. Our lunch pick-ups will now only be on Mondays and Thursdays. The Monday lunches will have enough food to cover Monday through Wednesday and the Thursday lunches will cover Thursday and Friday.

So starting next week, we will begin our curbside lunch pick-ups on Monday and Thursday only from 11 am – 12 pm. Just a reminder that meals CAN ONLY BE PROVIDED TO THE CHILD. Simply arrive WITH YOUR CHILDREN (ages 18 or younger) to the elementary school front entrance curb and we will bring the lunches to you. Stay Safe!!

Meskwaki Health Services

The Meskwaki Health Clinic, the CHR Program, Pharmacy, and Behavioral Health Services will remain open normal business hours.  PLEASE CALL AHEAD FOR APPOINTMENTS AT (641) 484-4094.

 

Red Earth Gardens

Red Earth Gardens continues to have organic, farm fresh eggs, beans, and rosemary for sale at the Health Clinic.  Eggs are also available for purchase at the Meskwaki Travel Plaza.  Go to their website at www.redearthgardens.com for more.

 

Protection and Public Works

During the closure, emergency services will remain.  The Meskwaki Police Department will continue regular patrol hours and emergency Tribal Court Services will be scheduled accordingly.  Public Works will continue services as needed including snow removal and garbage pick-up.  For emergency Housing Department assistance contact Director Kent Scheid at (641) 481-0335.  For broadband/internet issues, contact (641) 481-0344 or (641) 481-5501 to leave a message.

 

“The most important thing we can do as a tribe,” stated Tribal Chairwoman Bender, “is to protect our most vulnerable, our children and our elders.  So please STAY HOME.  Be smart.  Pray with good energy.  Take care of yourself and keep panic in control.  Fear has a spirit, do not feed it.”

 

At this time, there are no known cases reported on the Settlement or in Tama County.  IF YOU EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS, PLEASE CALL THE HEALTH CLINIC AT (641) 484-4094 FOR FURTHER GUIDANCE. For more information, contact Executive Director JoAnn Youngbear at (641) 484-4678.

 

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Senior Meal Delivery
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Senior Meal Delivery

The Senior Center will provide lunch through home meal delivery each weekday during the temporary closure of Meskwaki Tribal Operations.  Seniors who would like a meal should call the center at (641) 484-9222 before 10 AM for delivery.

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Mar
23
Mon
Temporary Closure Settlement School
Mar 23 – May 27 all-day
Temporary Closure Settlement School

Meskwaki Settlement School

Starting Thursday, March 19th the Meskwaki Settlement School, including offices, will be closed.   However, the elementary and middle/high schools will be open this Wednesday, March 18th from 2-6pm to allow students to retrieve essential items (like medication, laptops, etc.).  If you need to get your child’s medication, an authorized adult MUST sign for it.  It cannot be given to children.  We are in the process of sanitizing our buildings, so access should be quick and targeted to retrieve only the items you need.  Communication regarding academic support will be sent home from the school later today.  Families may utilize the email directory located on the school’s webpage to connect with staff during the closing.

 

 

 

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Mar
30
Mon
Grab-N-Go School Lunch Pick-Up
Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grab-N-Go School Lunch Pick-Up

Starting Monday, April 12th,  there will be a change to our curbside lunch distribution. In order to decrease the number of times that families have to go out to get lunches, we will be covering multiple days with less lunch pick-ups. Our lunch pick-ups will now only be on Mondays and Thursdays. The Monday lunches will have enough food to cover Monday through Wednesday and the Thursday lunches will cover Thursday and Friday.

So starting next week, we will begin our curbside lunch pick-ups on Monday and Thursday only from 11 am – 12 pm. Just a reminder that meals CAN ONLY BE PROVIDED TO THE CHILD. Simply arrive WITH YOUR CHILDREN (ages 18 or younger) to the elementary school front entrance curb and we will bring the lunches to you. Stay Safe!!

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Mar
31
Tue
Tribal Council Meeting @ by telephone
Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tribal Council Meeting @ by telephone

Tribal Council has called a meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm by telephone.  (Changed from the 25th).

Please note: Attendance is limited to Tribal Council Members and essential staff due to the coronavirus.

*Meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis.
**Meeting dates/times are subject to change at the discretion of the Tribal Chair.

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Apr
4
Sat
Postponed – Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Prevention Walk/Run
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Will reschedule at later date.

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Apr
11
Sat
Canceled – MSS Prom Night
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr
13
Mon
Grab-N-Go School Lunch Pick-Up
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grab-N-Go School Lunch Pick-Up

Starting Monday, April 12th,  there will be a change to our curbside lunch distribution. In order to decrease the number of times that families have to go out to get lunches, we will be covering multiple days with less lunch pick-ups. Our lunch pick-ups will now only be on Mondays and Thursdays. The Monday lunches will have enough food to cover Monday through Wednesday and the Thursday lunches will cover Thursday and Friday.

So starting next week, we will begin our curbside lunch pick-ups on Monday and Thursday only from 11 am – 12 pm. Just a reminder that meals CAN ONLY BE PROVIDED TO THE CHILD. Simply arrive WITH YOUR CHILDREN (ages 18 or younger) to the elementary school front entrance curb and we will bring the lunches to you. Stay Safe!!

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Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
May 9 all-day
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge Beginning May 3rd through June 13th. Points will be awarded daily: Steps Only (Walking or Running) Join the Meskwaki Sett-Fit Challenge Facebook Group for more details on the Step … Continue reading Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
May 9 all-day
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Bringing Awareness to All Types of Cancer with a Virtual 5K Walk/Run Sign up anytime between May 3rd through May 17th. To register or for any questions, please all Ashley at 641-484-9426 or message her … Continue reading Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
May 10 all-day
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge Beginning May 3rd through June 13th. Points will be awarded daily: Steps Only (Walking or Running) Join the Meskwaki Sett-Fit Challenge Facebook Group for more details on the Step … Continue reading Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
May 10 all-day
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Bringing Awareness to All Types of Cancer with a Virtual 5K Walk/Run Sign up anytime between May 3rd through May 17th. To register or for any questions, please all Ashley at 641-484-9426 or message her … Continue reading Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
May 10 all-day
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up: May 10-14, 2021 Money Orders and cash payments can be made at Public Works or at the Tribal Center Finance Office. **Please make Money Orders out to : “Tama County Landfill” … Continue reading Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
May 11 all-day
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge Beginning May 3rd through June 13th. Points will be awarded daily: Steps Only (Walking or Running) Join the Meskwaki Sett-Fit Challenge Facebook Group for more details on the Step … Continue reading Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
May 11 all-day
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Bringing Awareness to All Types of Cancer with a Virtual 5K Walk/Run Sign up anytime between May 3rd through May 17th. To register or for any questions, please all Ashley at 641-484-9426 or message her … Continue reading Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
May 11 all-day
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up: May 10-14, 2021 Money Orders and cash payments can be made at Public Works or at the Tribal Center Finance Office. **Please make Money Orders out to : “Tama County Landfill” … Continue reading Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
May 12 all-day
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge Beginning May 3rd through June 13th. Points will be awarded daily: Steps Only (Walking or Running) Join the Meskwaki Sett-Fit Challenge Facebook Group for more details on the Step … Continue reading Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
May 12 all-day
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Bringing Awareness to All Types of Cancer with a Virtual 5K Walk/Run Sign up anytime between May 3rd through May 17th. To register or for any questions, please all Ashley at 641-484-9426 or message her … Continue reading Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
May 12 all-day
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up: May 10-14, 2021 Money Orders and cash payments can be made at Public Works or at the Tribal Center Finance Office. **Please make Money Orders out to : “Tama County Landfill” … Continue reading Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
May 13 all-day
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge Beginning May 3rd through June 13th. Points will be awarded daily: Steps Only (Walking or Running) Join the Meskwaki Sett-Fit Challenge Facebook Group for more details on the Step … Continue reading Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
May 13 all-day
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Bringing Awareness to All Types of Cancer with a Virtual 5K Walk/Run Sign up anytime between May 3rd through May 17th. To register or for any questions, please all Ashley at 641-484-9426 or message her … Continue reading Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
May 13 all-day
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up: May 10-14, 2021 Money Orders and cash payments can be made at Public Works or at the Tribal Center Finance Office. **Please make Money Orders out to : “Tama County Landfill” … Continue reading Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
May 14 all-day
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge Beginning May 3rd through June 13th. Points will be awarded daily: Steps Only (Walking or Running) Join the Meskwaki Sett-Fit Challenge Facebook Group for more details on the Step … Continue reading Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
May 14 all-day
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Bringing Awareness to All Types of Cancer with a Virtual 5K Walk/Run Sign up anytime between May 3rd through May 17th. To register or for any questions, please all Ashley at 641-484-9426 or message her … Continue reading Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
May 14 all-day
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up @ Meskwaki Settlement
Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up: May 10-14, 2021 Money Orders and cash payments can be made at Public Works or at the Tribal Center Finance Office. **Please make Money Orders out to : “Tama County Landfill” … Continue reading Meskwaki Community Spring Clean-Up
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
May 15 all-day
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge Beginning May 3rd through June 13th. Points will be awarded daily: Steps Only (Walking or Running) Join the Meskwaki Sett-Fit Challenge Facebook Group for more details on the Step … Continue reading Meskwaki SettFit Step Into Summer Challenge
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
May 15 all-day
Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
Bringing Awareness to All Types of Cancer with a Virtual 5K Walk/Run Sign up anytime between May 3rd through May 17th. To register or for any questions, please all Ashley at 641-484-9426 or message her … Continue reading Virtual 5K Walk/Run to Bring Awareness to All Types of Cancer SIGN-UPS
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8:00 am Coffee & Culture @ Lucky's Meeting Room (MBCH)
Coffee & Culture @ Lucky's Meeting Room (MBCH)
May 12 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Coffee & Culture @ Lucky's Meeting Room (MBCH)
COFFEE & CULTURE Beginning April 14, 2021 Meskwaki Nation Police Department, Meskwaki Elders Circle and community elders will begin meeting every 2nd Wednesday each month from 8-10am to discuss Meskwaki life and Police life to … Continue reading Coffee & Culture
12:00 pm Stay Independent: Brain Health – A Healthy Aging Series @ via Zoom
3:00 pm Open to Meskwaki Community: Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic (Pfizer)
Open to Meskwaki Community: Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic (Pfizer)
May 12 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Open to Meskwaki Community: Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic (Pfizer)
With the approval from the FDA the Pfizer vaccine is now available for children 12 years of age and older. The Meskwaki Health Clinic is offering the COVID-19 vaccination to ANYONE 12 years old and … Continue reading Open to Meskwaki Community: Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic (Pfizer)