The Clerk's Office performs various jobs and duties for the Tribal Trial Court, Court of Appeals, the attorney 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 the Court.
Joy R. Mauskemo is the Court Administrator for the Meskwaki Tribal Court. She was previously the Clerk of the Trial Court and the Clerk of the Appellate Court. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and in Psychology from Buena Vista University, and holds a Masters 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. She was recently appointed to serve a term on the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
Joy has worked for the Meskwaki Tribe for ten years, formerly with Child Support Services and the Settlement School.
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
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.
Keely Driscoll, Ttakimaweakwe (20), is Meskwaki with ties to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and currently resides in Tama, IA. Keely is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in International Studies with certificates in Sustainability and Native American and Indigenous Studies. She hopes to go on to Law school after earning her undergraduate degree and certificates. Keely's personal educational goals revolve around her desire to continually improve her cross-cultural competence and to raise awareness about the importance of it. Throughout her years at Iowa, she has participated as a member of the Native American Student Association, where she is now serving as the President for the 2021 year. During the 2020 elections, Keely worked with other organizations such as VoteMob making efforts in youth engagement and the BIPOC vote. Keely also currently works for Great Plains Action Society and the Native Center for Behavioral Health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
There will be no Jury Trial in the month of August 2021. Jurors, please call the Tribal Court at 641-484-9300 the weekend of September 24th-26th!