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Delaware Tribe Considering Moving Bartlesville Headquarters To Kansas

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The Delawares' current headquarters in Bartlesville sits within the Cherokee Nation's jurisdiction. The Delawares' current headquarters in Bartlesville sits within the Cherokee Nation's jurisdiction.
LEAVENWORTH, Kansas -

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.

The Leavenworth Times 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.

8/3/2012 Related Story: 2 Oklahoma Tribes Receive Federal Grants

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