Meskwaki Nation Tribal Court

307 Meskwaki Road Tama, IA 52339 • (641)484-9300 • fax (641) 484-2221

Assistant DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT

Court Staff


Suzanne Buffalo​



Dakota Crosswhite is the Court Administrator for the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa. Her responsibilities include operations for the Trial Court for the Meskwaki Tribal Court, and for other such administrative and ministerial duties prescribed by the Code. Dakota has a Tribal Court Clerk’s Certification and is certified through the Department of Justice for the National Crime information Center (Tribal Access Program).

A graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Business Administration and Public Relations while minoring in Communication Studies. She is currently attending the University of Oklahoma working to obtain a Master’s degree in Legal Studies with a focus on Indigenous Peoples Law.

Prior to joining Meskwaki Tribal Court, Dakota had various roles in management, sales, training and customer service. She has worked on development of projects, work culture, ethics, communications, sales and customer service.

She is an active volunteer for many organizations in Cedar Rapids. Dakota is a descendant of the Sioux Nation from Standing Rock Reservation.

 



 



Dakota crosswhite 

Senior DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT

Court Administrator

Korinda Timberwolf

CLERK OF tribal COURTs &  Clerk of the Appellate Court

Korinda Timberwolf is the Assistant Deputy Clerk for Meskwaki Tribal Court and is an enrolled member of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa—Meskwaki Nation. She interned for Tribal Court during high school and made her way back to the department years later. A recent addition to the Court, Kori brings to the department her cultural pride and a strong commitment to improve the lives of the people on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement.


             Joy R. Mauskemo is the Clerk of the Trial Court and the Clerk of the Appellate Court and assists the public in their endeavor to resolve issues through the Meskwaki Tribal Court’s dispute resolution forum. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and in Psychology from Buena Vista University, and is currently earning a Master's Degree in Legal Studies from Washington University St. Louis School of Law.

Joy has an Advanced Tribal Court Clerk's Certification; is certified through the Department of Justice for the National Crime information Center (Tribal Access Program); and is certified by the Iowa Department of Corrections to teach the ACTV (Achieving Change Through Value-Based Behavior) program.

Joy has worked for the Meskwaki Tribe for ten years, formerly with Child Support Services and the Settlement School.

 

 

Joy Mauskemo

The Clerk's office performs various jobs and duties for the Tribal Trial Court, Court of Appeals, the bar, and the public. It is responsible for filing cases, briefs, motions, petitions, and other documents that are presented to the courts for decision. Once the decisions have been made, the staff is also responsible for disseminating the opinions, orders, and per curiam orders to the press, attorneys, trial court judges, and the public. The office provides information and guidance to judges, attorneys, and the public about appellate practice and the appellate process. The Court Administrator is the financial officer of the courts and the office provides payroll and other fiscal services for the personnel of both courts and the Court of Appeals. The office also administers the budgets of both courts as appropriated by the Tribal Council of the Sac and Fox Nation of the Mississippi in Iowa. The Clerk's Office licenses and collects annual dues for attorneys, court reporters, and professional associations, and is responsible for the funds collected.

D. Suzanne (Wanatee) Buffalo is the Senior Deputy Clerk at Meskwaki Tribal Court. She has worked for Meskwaki Tribal Court and justice services beginning in 2007. She serves on the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa, initially appointed in 2015 and recently re-appointed for a second term. Suzanne has an Advanced Tribal Court Clerk’s Certification; is certified through the Department of Justice for the National Crime Information Center; and is certified by the Iowa Department of Corrections to teach the ACTV (Achieving Change Through Value-Based Behavior) program.

Suzanne received her Office Administration Certificate from the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Adult Vocational Program in Las Vegas, Nevada, and previously worked in the field of advertising and public relations.  Suzanne serves on the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist’s Indian Advisory Council (since 2014), and has previously served on the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs from 2013 to 2017.  She has worked in a variety of roles for tribal government and tribal businesses in Iowa for twenty-five years. Suzanne is an enrolled member of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa – Meskwaki Nation