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Delware Tribe Seeks To Build Casino In North Lawrence

The leader of the Oklahoma-based Delaware Tribe says the tribe could pursue a casino in Kansas, but it also has a broader vision of providing services to Native Americans.

In an "open letter to the people of Kansas," Chief Paula Pechonick addressed speculation about the tribe's plans for 90 acres it just purchased in North Lawrence.

The Delaware's efforts have drawn opposition from the federally recognized tribes of Kansas, which all have casinos.

Those tribes say it will cause them economic hardship if the Delaware open a casino in Kansas.

Pechonick says a casino may be a possibility, but the Delaware also want a future in Kansas...and an area where the tribe can deliver federal services to Native Americans.