The tribal council signed a contract with the Tama County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement service on the Meskwaki settlement. The tribal council, Sheriff Dennis Kucera and the Tama County Supervisors signed a two-year agreement Sept. 12. The contract calls for the settlement to pay $118,000 a year, which will pay two deputies to patrol the settlement and answer calls. The Tama County Sheriff's office stopped responding to calls Aug. 8, after negotiations for a new contract failed and the money from the state for law enforcement of the settlement ran out. The agreement came hours after a reported drive-by shooting on the settlement. Kucera said the Meskwaki Tribal Council had already agreed to the contract, before the incident however.
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