Delaware tribe might move headquarters to Kansas

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The Delaware Tribe of Indians is considering moving the tribe's headquarters from Oklahoma to Kansas.

Oklahoman Published: March 25, 2013
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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The Delaware Tribe of Indians is considering moving the tribe's headquarters from Oklahoma to Kansas.

Dee Ketchum, a former chief of the tribe, says it is looking for property in Kansas, focusing on Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. He met with Leavenworth city officials last week.

Ketchum says the tribe is not looking for land for a new reservation. It could use the new headquarters for several things, such as health care, housing and child care.

A local newspaper reports Ketchum acknowledged that gaming could be part of an economic development effort.

He says the move is being considered because of restrictions the Delaware Tribe faces at its current location, which is in the jurisdiction of another tribe.

The Delaware Tribe of Indians has about 10,500 members.