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Letter: Tribe’s focus

July 30, 2013

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To the editor:

In regard to “Indian tribe that once proposed North Lawrence casino purchases large tract along interstate” (LJWorld.com, July 23), the headline could have simply read “Delaware Tribe purchases large tract of land in North Lawrence” or “Tribe that once lived in what is now North Lawrence purchases land for headquarters.”

Why make this article about a casino when there is no direct evidence they want to build one? By doing so, casinos have become the reference point for future discussion around what the Delaware Tribe chooses to do with the land — as illustrated in the article the following day, “Lawrence mayor says his talks with Delaware Indian tribe didn’t involve casino.”

This story could have been far more informative if it focused around actual statements and information presented by the Delaware Tribe — for example, how their “plans are likely to include housing, child care and a medical clinic to serve the state’s American Indian population” or the paragraph that stated,  “The Lawrence property is seen as an investment in the future as the tribe promotes its theme of ‘Return to Kansas,’” the tribe said in its statement.”

I hope future stories on this topic stay focused on actual information provided by the Delaware Tribe.

Comments

FlintlockRifle 1 year ago

So true, If Fritzel, Doug, or the likes bought the ground, would have read more high $$$$ building going up.

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Mike Ford 1 year ago

people don't realize there are a number of Delaware or Lenape tribal members in the area. They also don't realize there are a couple of hundred of Delaware descendants whose ancestors took US citizenship in 1867 and have their own tribal association and cemetery here. This operation will probably be no different than the one for the Citizen Band Potawatomi Nation on the east end of Rossville on what was historic Citizen Band Potawatomi land until the UP Railroad usurped lands from both the Delaware and Citizen Band Potawatomi tribes in 1867. The Citizen Band has a resource center/community center and elder housing there and have been good neighbors in the community. Most people don't realize that if the Citizen Band was based in Kansas they'd be the second largest tribe with over 4,000 members in Kansas and over 27,000 enrolled members nationally including the free agent quarterback Tyler Bray for the Chiefs. It's nice to see indigenous news in the forefront again.

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bearded_gnome 1 year ago

Why make this article about a casino when there is no direct evidence they want to build one? By doing so, casinos have become the reference point for future discussion around what the Delaware Tribe chooses to do with the land — as illustrated in the article the following day, “Lawrence mayor says his talks with Delaware Indian tribe didn’t involve casino.”

----given the history of their actions and their leadership's comments (cited in the first LJW article), both articles had the appropriate focus.

the error was in the Delawares not directly addressing the casino concern in their most recent comments. it was natural to bring in the history.

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