Tribal Court

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Meskwaki Tribal Court to administer justice according to laws that govern the Meskwaki Nation by exercising all judicial and dispute resolution powers of the Tribe.

Our Vision

To discover and determine the truth; and to seek a resolution that restores balance to the community in accordance with the customs and traditions of the tribe, repairs relationships, results in fairness, and avoids principles of retribution and punishment.

What We Do

The Tribal Court of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa was established by Tribal Council Resolution No.12-2004, enacted on June 9, 2004. This resolution created an integrated judicial department consisting of a court of appeals, a trial court, and such lower or intermediate courts as the Tribal Council deems necessary to resolve disputes.

Special Note

Masks are required at all times in the Justice Center and temperature checks are required upon entering the building. Court hearings and conferences are limited to ten people or less for social distancing. Filings may be placed in the Drop Box located at the front door of the Justice Center, filed directly at the Clerk’s window, or emailed to: .

Joy R. Mauskemo, Court Administrator

Visit Our Website

Visit the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Court’s website to find docket reports, forms, pay tickets, and more

Tribal Court Staff

Judge Jessica Bear

Chief Judge

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Suzanne Buffalo

Senior Deputy Clerk of Court

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Misty Jefferson

Probation Officer

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Judge Johnson

Associate Judge

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Joy Mauskemo

Court Administrator

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Linda Morgan

Assistant Deputy Clerk of Court

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Judge Plumer

Associate Judge

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Tribal Court Contact Information

Department Hours

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Phone Number

(641) 484-9300

Fax Number



Meskwaki Tribal Court                                307 Meskwaki Road                                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.