Quapaw Tribe seeks to acquire more ancestral land in Arkansas

Quapaw Tribe Chairman John Berrey speaks at a press conference at the Downstream Casino Resort on March 18, 2015. Photo by Tim Spears / Twitter

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma wants to buy more ancestral land in Arkansas and Chairman John Berrey is again disclaiming plans for a casino, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

The tribe already owns 160 acres within its former reservation near Little Rock and Berrey has offered to sign a no-casino pledge but local officials haven't taken him up. He also sought a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Little Rock but that's been put on hold amid fears of a potential casino.

"We're in constant motion trying to find ways to provide economic development not only for the Quapaw Tribe but also for the people of Arkansas," Berrey told the port's board at public meeting on Wednesday, the Democrat-Gazette reported.

The tribe's land-into-trust application for the 160 acres is pending at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Get the Story:
Tribe out for more river land (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 2/18)

Relevant Documents:
NIGC Indian Land Opinion For Site in Kansas (November 2014)

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