Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

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Sac and Fox Tribe
of the Mississippi in Iowa
tribal flag
Total population
Regions with significant populations
United States United States (Iowa Iowa)
English, Sauk, Meskwaki
Traditional tribal religion, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Sauk, Meskwaki, Kickapoo

The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa is one of three federally recognized Native American tribes of Sac and Meskwaki (Fox) peoples in the United States. The Fox call themselves Meskwaki. They are Algonquian peoples, historically developed in the Eastern Woodland culture.[2]

Government and economic development[edit]

The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa is headquartered in Tama, Iowa. They are governed by a seven-person council. They oversee more than 7,000 acres (28 km2) of land, known as the Meskwaki Settlement, which the Meskwaki bought mostly in the 19th century. In 2005, they established a tribal court system and tribal law enforcement in 2006.[1]

The tribe publishes the Meskwaki Nation Times, a bi-monthly newspaper for enrolled tribal members. It is a member of the Native American Journalists Association.[3]

The tribe operates the Meskwaki Trading Post, Meskwaki Bingo Casino, Prime Cut Steakhouse, Full House Cafe, Food Arcade and the Jackpot Buffet, and the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, with 400 guest rooms, all located outside Tama, Iowa.[4]

The current tribal council members are:

  • Chairman: Troy Wanatee
  • Vice-Chairman: Alvin Wild Cat
  • Treasurer: Lavern Jefferson
  • Secretary: Jason Davenport
  • Council Member: Judith Bender
  • Council Member: Milo Buffalo, Jr.
  • Council Member: Gerald Sanache[1]


The tribe organized this form of government in 1934 under the federal Indian Reorganization Act.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sac & Fox Tribe." Meskwaki Nation. (retrieved 11 April 2010)
  2. ^ "Tribal History", Sac & Fox Casino. (retrieved 11 April 2010)
  3. ^ "Meswaki Nation Times", Meskwaki Nation. (retrieved 11 April 2010)
  4. ^ "Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel." 500 Nations. (retrieved 11 April 2010)

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