The native roots of Iowa run deep, and the origins of the word and name are debatable. But "the beautiful land" as the Sauk and Meskwaki tribes described what they saw as they looked across the Mississippi at Rock Island, exclaimed, "Iowa! Iowa!!", is believed by many as the origin.
History shows that what is now Iowa was home to numerous tribes of Native Americans, including the Ioway Indian tribe, which some believe first used 'Iowa' to describe their bountiful land.
Town and city names like Algona, Camanche, Cherokee, Dakota City, Keokuk, Osceola, Sac City and Sioux City just scratch the surface of Iowa's native roots and people. And Black Hawk, Chickasaw, Poweshiek, Pocahontas, Sioux and Winneshiek counties all have a Native American story to tell.
We at Twin Forks celebrate this native heritage and all that it represents to the past, and the people and tribes that first called Iowa home.