Archive for Wednesday, October 18, 2000

Reservation still too dry

Weekend rains don’t quell drought for Kickapoos

October 18, 2000


— Rain during the weekend did little to help the drought-stricken Kickapoo reservation in northeast Kansas, a tribal leader says.

"We've probably already used any water we gained over the weekend," said John Thomas, vice chairman of the Kickapoo Tribal Council.

"This is getting more terrible every day. The pond we're pumping out of now isn't going to last very long," Thomas said.

The National Weather Service reported almost an inch of rain in southern Brown County from Friday through Sunday. However, the rainfall had stopped by Sunday afternoon, and NWS meteorologists predict no rain through this weekend.

"We still need 3 inches of rain," Thomas said. "The water that we have available to us right now is very stale. We need a good rain to flush the stream."

Thomas said the tribal council will meet with engineers this week to explore options for tapping into Brown County rural water districts.

He also said tribal leaders are committed to keeping the Golden Eagle Casino open.

"After talking with the tribal council and casino personnel, they decided they would do everything they had to do to keep the casino open," Thomas said.

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