Four-day Meskwaki Powwow opens Thursday

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT – People come from throughout the country to attend the annual Meskwaki Powwow on the Meskwaki Settlement.

This year will be the 99th installment of the event, which features native regalia, dancing, music, food, crafts and historical items unique to the Sac & Fox Tribe. The four-day event begins Thursday.

It is also a unique event in the state as the Meskwaki Settlement is the only Native American settlement in Iowa. The powwow celebrations were formed as sort of a last hurrah to the summer.

“Traditionally, this has been our last gathering before we split off to our winter camps,” said Johnathan Buffalo, historical preservation director with the tribe.

History will be on display everywhere one looks, from the clothing to the performances.

“We’re a very old culture and we are thousands of years old on this continent,” Buffalo said. “Some of the dances and songs are very ancient, but we are still modernized.”

The grand entry dance and music performances will be at 1:30 and 7 p.m. daily, Thursday through Sunday.

“We want to invite all of our neighbors to come celebrate with us,” Buffalo said.

The grounds are located on the settlement several miles south of the casino. For more information visit