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Iowa Justices Hear A Case Questioning Jurisdiction On Tribal Land

State and federal attorneys want the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse a Tama County magistrate judge’s decision to dismiss a set of criminal charges because they occurred on tribal land. In oral arguments Wednesday, they argued a law passed by Congress last year does not entirely eliminate the state’s jurisdiction on the Meskwaki Settlement in eastern Iowa as the judge ruled.

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7/12/2019

article Meskwaki Nation supports state jurisdiction over non-Indians at casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a case that arose from an incident at the casino owned by the Meskwaki Nation. Tribal police arrested...

7/10/2019

article Iowa Justices Hear A Case Questioning Jurisdiction On Tribal Land
(Iowa) -- State and federal attorneys want the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse a Tama County magistrate judge’s decision to dismiss a set of criminal charges because...

7/6/2019

article Tama County Supervisors appeal added land allowed in Meskwaki Tribal Trust
(Iowa) -- An additional 35 acres of land has been approved for placement in trust for the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa - Meskwakis- the Tama County Board...

6/15/2019

article Charges sought in Meskwaki sex abuse investigation
(Iowa) -- A Meskwaki man has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl following a missing child investigation.

5/31/2019

article Vietnam-era veteran Vincent Keahna, who held fast to American Indian tradition, dies at 82
(Minnesota) -- Vincent Keahna was the dancer who stood still while others moved in circles or moved in circles while others stood still. Even after he gave up dancing,...

4/17/2019

article Meskwaki Artist Lays Groundwork For Indigenous Gallery In Iowa City
(Iowa) -- A Meskwaki artist is working to open an indigenous art gallery and event space in Iowa City. Multidisciplinary artist and writer Dawson Davenport wants to...

4/6/2019

article Meskwaki tribe placing priority on maintaining travel plaza
(Iowa) -- Just west of the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel on U.S. Highway 30 is a place to get some food and refuel your vehicle. But the Meskwaki Travel Plaza isn't...

3/31/2019

article Travel plaza at center of Meskwaki tribe’s economic development efforts
(Iowa) -- Just west of the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel on U.S. Highway 30 is a place to get some food and refuel your vehicle. But the Meskwaki Travel Plaza isn’t...

3/21/2019

article Interim Meskwaki Police Chief appointed
(Iowa) -- Chris Saunsoci has been appointed as interim chief of the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Department. The announcement was made ion the Meskwaki Nation website (...

3/18/2019

press release MSPT returns to Meskwaki Casino
(Iowa) -- For the first time in Season 10, the MSPT is headed to Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa. The $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 guaranteed Main Event will run...

3/16/2019

article Meskwaki man educates, builds understanding through his art
(Iowa) -- A Meskwaki Nation man attending the University of Iowa wears many hats — writer, poet, sculptor, activist, clothing entrepreneur, graphic designer,...

2/28/2019

article Iowa Attorney General challenges Tama Co. Magistrate order
(Iowa) -- Views of conflicting law enforcement issues covering the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama County may be settled by the Iowa Supreme Court. On Jan. 31, the Iowa...

1/24/2019

article Toledo Police Dept. out of aid agreement with Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police
(Iowa) -- A 28E law enforcement agreement between the City of Toledo Police Department and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa - Meskwaki Nation Tribal...

1/9/2019

article Iowa DCI: “New legal issues” need consideration over Meskwaki law enforcement
(Iowa) -- An Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation spokesperson said it has been recognized "new legal issues" have arisen after the recent federal action...

1/3/2019

article State casino regulators to hold first ever meeting at Meskwaki Casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, on Friday, will meet for the first time ever at the Meskwaki Hotel and Casino in Tama. The casino is run by the Native...

1/2/2019

article Toledo, Tama police vary on aiding Meskwaki Settlement Police Dept.
(Iowa) -- A notice from the Meskwaki Attorney General to the Tama County Sheriff's Office concerning jurisidiction on the Meskwaki Settlement and a directive for the...

12/21/2018

article Tama County Sheriff’s officers now need permission to enter Meskwaki Settlement
(Iowa) -- Officers of the Tama County Sheriff's Department will no longer be allowed to take any action on the Meskwaki Settlement without prior permission.

12/3/2018

article Bill on way to president would remove state jurisdiction of Meskwaki settlement
(Iowa) -- A bill passed by both houses of Congress would roll back state jurisdiction on Iowa’s Meskwaki settlement. Since 1948, state officials have been able to...
article Bill on way to president would remove state jurisdiction of Meskwaki settlement
(Iowa) -- A bill passed by both houses of Congress would roll back state jurisdiction on Iowa’s Meskwaki settlement. Since 1948, state officials have been able to...

10/27/2018

article South Tama School Baord receives Meskwaki Inc. overview
(Iowa) -- A look at the various enterprises of Meswaki Inc. was provided to the South Tama School Board during their regular meeting Monday night, Oct. 22, by Mike...

8/16/2018

article Supervisors oppose Tribal Trust status for more farm property
(Iowa) -- For the second time in 2018 and as has been customary in recent years, the Tama County Board of Supervisors again objected to the placement of agricultural...

7/15/2018

article Meskwakis grow organic food to honor ancestors
(Iowa) -- Every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is a busy one at Red Earth Gardens’ (REG) pack shed. Staff are busy organizing a variety of...

5/8/2018

article Three-way deal announced to settle Meskwaki claim vs. Cattle Congress in Waterloo
(Iowa) -- In an announcement issued at 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, a Waterloo Development firm announced a deal has been struck between the Sac and Fox Tribe of the...

5/3/2018

article Meskwaki Tribe Members To Raise Awareness For Missing Woman
(Iowa) -- For Native American advocates, this Saturday is a national day of awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women. Members of the Meskwaki tribe are...

4/19/2018

article Woman pleads not guilty in Tama shotgun robbery
(Iowa) -- A Marshalltown woman has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with an alleged shotgun robbery in the Meskwaki Casino parking lot in March.

3/28/2018

article Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation won’t assist on the Meskwaki Settlement
(Iowa) -- Even though a Bill in the U.S. Congress continues to await action, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is reported to have pulled out of doing any...

3/19/2018

article Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel to award Hotel Scholarships
(Iowa) -- Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel has announced their new Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Scholarship Program. The scholarship will be awarded to graduating High School...

1/10/2018

article Iowa Native Spaces project works with Meskwaki, Ioway to bring historical perspectives
(Iowa) -- Native American history is complex and requires multiple perspectives — especially the Native perspective — to tell accurately. Until recently,...

12/30/2017

article Meskwaki Bingo and Casino boosts area emergency food sources for the holidays
(Iowa) -- The South Tama Food Pantry in Tama was well stocked for the holiday season on Tuesday, Dec. 19, with the delivery of 2,240.5 lbs. of food, the result of the...

11/7/2017

article U.S. House passes bill restoring criminal law authority on the Meskwaki Settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The move to restore criminal jurisdiction to the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa passed the U.S. House last week according to an...

10/15/2017

article Iowa's Meskwaki Nation Looks to Diversify Business Profile
(Iowa) -- The Meskwaki Nation in Iowa is expanding its business interests from its casino and bingo hall into tobacco products and e-cigarettes. Tribal leaders are...

10/13/2017

article Meskwaki Inc. hopes to hit jackpot with vape liquid, distribution business
(Iowa) -- The Meskwaki Inc. warehouse in Tama County is a tight fit. At just 3,000-square-feet, the storage space on the Meskwaki Settlement west of Tama is packed with...

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