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.