Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
|Regions with significant populations|
|United States ( 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.
Government and economic development
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.
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.
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. (Deceased)
- Council Member: Gerald Sanache
- "Sac & Fox Tribe." Meskwaki Nation. (retrieved 11 April 2010)
- "Tribal History" Archived 2010-05-23 at the Wayback Machine, Sac & Fox Casino. (retrieved 11 April 2010)
- "Meswaki Nation Times" Archived 2008-08-28 at the Library of Congress Web Archives, Meskwaki Nation. (retrieved 11 April 2010)
- "Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel." 500 Nations. (retrieved 11 April 2010)
- Meskwaki Nation, official website