Workforce Development

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: Empowering the Meskwaki Nation by providing training and educational opportunities and career pathways to promote a thriving and healthy economy.

Vision: To create and sustain a thriving workforce development system that serves the Meskwaki Community.

What We Do

We are here to help develop, sustain, and retain a viable workforce for the Meskwaki Nation. We strive to create a workforce development system that will create economic prosperity for individuals, businesses, and the community.

What We Do 

We are here to help develop, sustain, and retain a viable workforce for the Meskwaki Nation. We strive to create a workforce development system that will create economic prosperity for individuals, businesses, and the community.

Promoting Tribal Economies and Community 

Promoting Tribal Economies and Community (PTEC) is a workforce development program that provides education and training to five (5) Meskwaki Community Members. The program includes a training course and on-the-job training within the department’s incubators Red Earth Gardens and Meskwaki Food Sovereignty. Participants will learn about workplace skills, food, farming, seeding, and Meskwaki Indigenous knowledge and life-ways during the growing season, from plant to harvest. 

Department Incubators 

Red Earth Gardens
The Red Earth Gardens is an organic farm committed to growing food in a way that was taught to us by our ancestors. Nourishing Mother Earth while supporting the community through environmentally-sustainable practices, we grow vegetables, herbs, and more!

Meskwaki Food Sovereignty
Our mission is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki Indigenous knowledge and life-ways.

Financial Literacy

We offer financial literacy to educate individuals to make informed financial decisions. The training utilizes the curriculum from Building Native Communities – Financial Skills for Families that covers the following topics: 

  • Building a healthy economy
  • Developing a spending plan
  • Working with checking and savings accounts
  • Understanding credit and your credit report
  • Using credit
  • Be a smart consumer

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Workforce Development Staff

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

Shoshonis Brown

Project Manager

Workforce Development

shoshonis.brown@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-9506

Shelley Kapayou

Workforce Development Director

Workforce Development

shelley.kapayou@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-9508

Luke Kapayou

Ancestral Farming Manager

Workforce Development

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

Tamara Mauskemo

Farm Sales Coordinator

Red Earth Gardens

tamara.mauskemo@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-484-9550

Grant Shadden

Instructional Farm Manger

Red Earth Gardens

grant.shadden@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-481-0330

Stephanie Snow

Workforce Education Coordinator

Workforce Development

stephanie.snow@meskwaki-nsn.gov
641-481-1855

Ray Tahahwah

Farm Crew Leader

Red Earth Gardens


641-484-9550

Department Contact Information  

Department Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Phone Number

(641) 484-9501

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.