Editorial: Pending plans

The Delawares appear to be involved in some complicated negotiations, but Lawrence residents and officials would appreciate any additional information they can share about their plans for their recent

August 12, 2013


It’s only natural that local residents would be curious about the Delaware tribe’s plans for a prominent piece of property near the East Lawrence interchange on the Kansas Turnpike.

Even if tribal leaders aren’t yet sure what they will do with the property, it would be to their advantage to share some additional information with local residents and officials about what they are considering.

The fact that the Delaware tribe had an interest in building a casino in the same general area back in 2000 is bound to spur some speculation among local observers. Added to that are the various negotiations and court actions that have come to light in other parts of the country that raise questions about what goals the tribe is pursuing.

Delaware leaders have offered few details, indicating only that they are interested in using the land for housing, health care and child care facilities to serve the state’s Native American population. Other published reports suggest the Delaware may want to move its headquarters from Oklahoma back to Kansas, the last area in which the tribe had its own reservation.

A story in Friday’s Journal-World indicates the Delawares are involved in complex negotiations with the U.S. Department of Interior and the Department of Justice over a settlement that may include placing the north Lawrence land into trust for use by the tribe. There’s also a lawsuit pending over a deal to locate a Delaware casino near Cincinnati.

It’s understandable that it takes the Delaware leaders some time to work through these issues and solidify their plans for the Lawrence property. The more open and informative the Delaware spokespeople can be, the better the chances for understanding and help from area residents.


Jon Bierig 4 years, 9 months ago

A casino in Lawrence Ks. Are you kidding me?With the crime we have here,an so much in North Lawrence already. Hell,we have buses in North Lawrence. One of our tires were slashed. That's $700. What next,stereo system stolen. That's ok,armed guards will be next. I like to gamble once in awhile myself. But not in Lawrence Ks

William McCauley 4 years, 9 months ago

"it would be to their advantage to share some additional information with local residents and officials about what they are considering."

It would foolish to tell the City of Lawrence leaders, chamber, or LWJ a damn thing about their plans, and in no way would it be to their advantage to tell the city a thing! Yea, lets show our hand way ahead of time, and let the City dream up some zoning or horizon 2020 BS as to why the tribe can't do what ever it is they would like to do with.... get this, THEIR LAND!

In fact that is one of the biggest problems in the leadership of the outhouse called Lawrence City Hall, thinking it's their business to butt in to others business where they don't belong nor do they have a say by law. I hope they build a really big and ugly one like the "fox" up north, and place it right up next to I-70, I hope it's really tall too so they have a nice view of it from City Hall and all the tax dollars they can't touch. I hope they hire all out of town contractors and spend as much money as they can outside of Lawrence to build what ever it is they wish to build on their new property. Welcome to Douglas County, Delaware tribe, you'll be very pleased the be in the county and not the City limits.

Liberty275 4 years, 9 months ago

Dear Delaware Tribe: Not all Lawrence residents feel the need to intrude into your business. Do with your land as law allows and good luck.

Joe Hyde 4 years, 9 months ago

The Delaware Tribe's impact on Lawrence following this modest-size land purchase? Oh, please. No "worst case scenario" comes within a country mile of matching how the multi-billionaire Koch brothers are impacting not just Lawrence but our entire state following their recent purchase of the Kansas Statehouse.

LogicMan 4 years, 9 months ago

Would the City be obliged to provide any services (fire, police, water, sewer, garbage, etc.) to this site?

nick_s 4 years, 9 months ago

All of a sudden we are calling for transparency? When its "outsiders" who are wanting to develop land the city has its hands in the air. When its the "insiders" who are wanting to develop land, they fly in just under the radar. Funny how that works.

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