Meskwaki Nation Tribal Court

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

DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT

Court Staff


Suzanne Buffalo​




Dakota Crosswhite is a Tribal descendant from Standing Rock Reservation.


She graduated from Coe College in 2011 obtaining her B.A. degree in Business Administration and Public Relations minoring in Communication Studies. She is currently a student at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law, working to get her masters in Legal Studies, specifically in Indigenous Peoples Law.


Dakota has worked in various managment and leadership roles. She is strives to bring customer service to the top in any position she is in.


Dakota has one son who keeps her busy. She loves to be active, going on hikes, boating, doing water sports, rock climbing and biking.


She is looking forward to learning more about Meskwaki Nation and being of assistance in helping the community.



 



Dakota crosswhite 

Senior DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT

Court Administrator

CLERK OF tribal COURTs

Vacant Position

​​Hello, my name is Joy Mauskemo and I am the new Clerk of Court for the Meskwaki Tribal Court. You may know me from my time with Meskwaki Nation Child Support Services where I was in Case Management for just over 3 years until I transferred to the Court. Prior to that, I was a Teacher Associate at the Meskwaki Elementary School from 2011-2014. Both of these positions provided wonderful experiences for me and, I believe, prepared me in various ways for my current position.


I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Psychology, and hope to pursue a Master’s in a legal field within the next couple of years in my “down time”. Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time with my husband, Trevor, our 2 daughters, Teya and Sloan, and our family and friends. One of our favorite things to do is attend local sporting events – Go Warriors! Go Trojans! Go Hawkeyes!! Please feel free to give me a call or stop in to see me if there is anything I can do to assist you with your Tribal Court needs.

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.

​Dawn Suzanne (Wanatee) Buffalo is an enrolled member of the Meskwaki Tribe and lives on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement.  Suzanne began working in the Tribe’s Clerk of Court’s office in 2007, shortly after the Court began. She has also worked in the Meskwaki Nation Child Support Services office.  

Suzanne has served on the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist’s Indian Advisory Council since 2014, and on the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa since 2015.

Originally from the Settlement, she later lived in the American West for a while where she received an Office Administration Certificate from the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Adult Vocational Program in Las Vegas, Nevada, and then worked in advertising and public relations in Las Vegas.  After returning home to Iowa, she worked in many roles in Tribal Government before Tribal Court.

She has co-authored a nationally recognized and award winning CD regarding Meskwaki History along with her husband Johnathan L. Buffalo, Meskwaki Historical Preservation Director.  Suzanne previously served on the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs from 2013 to 2017, and has served on many Tribal committees during her lifetime.