Published Mar 2, 2021

Iowa’s Diverse Farming History-Sac and Fox Tribe – 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Iowa’s agricultural history is a long one: Native Americans began farming in Iowa 3,000 years ago. The Meskwaki Nation Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi have been farming in Iowa since they arrived in the early 1700s, and are the only remaining federally recognized Native American tribe in Iowa today. Johnathan Buffalo shares the story of the Sac and Fox Tribe‚Äôs farming history through the centuries.

  • Johnathan L. Buffalo is the historic preservation director for the Meskwaki Nation. He is a husband, father and grandfather who has lived all his life on the Meskwaki settlement near Tama, Iowa.