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Iowa & Regional Resources:
Iowa Department of Human Rights - The Office of Native American Affairs
The Office of Native American Affairs serves as the central permanent agency to advocate for Native Americans. The office works with state departments and agencies to serve the needs of Native Americans in participating fully in the economic, social and cultural life of the state. (Iowa Code Section 216A.166).
The Meskwaki Cultural Center & Museum
The Meskwaki Cultural Center & Museum was opened in 2010 (in part) as part of the Iowa Great Places designation received by Tama County. Our mission is to give visitors a glimpse into our Tribe’s rich, cultural legacy. Through the museum, we seek to share traditions, promote equality and encourage cultural awareness.
US Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Midwest Region Affairs
The BIA Midwest Region provides funding and support to 36 federally recognized Indian tribes located in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. Tribes in the Midwest Region encompass approximately 62 million acres, including treaty-ceded territories, representing millions of acres of forests, lakes, streams and wetlands.
Katherine Gottlieb, Alaskan Native, Courtesy National Library of Medicine
Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Powwow, Mashpee, Massachusetts, July 2010
The Native American powwow became a common activity during the last century. The modern powwow originated when plains tribes formed inter-tribal alliances to share and exchange songs, dances, crafts, food, and tribal culture. Hundreds of powwows are sponsored annually by tribal groups throughout the United States. Powwows can be held on or off tribal lands in urban as well as rural areas, and indoors or outdoors. Some are held at colleges and universities sponsored by Native student organizations. Powwows provide Native participants a place to socialize and express their cultural traditions, and also serve as a source of intertribal cultural identity.