Archive for Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Delaware chief to discuss casino with Tonganoxie City Council

February 21, 2001

At the invitation of Tonganoxie city officials, the chief of the Delaware Tribe of Indians will be in town Monday to talk about casinos.

The Delawares are seeking land on which to construct a casino, and two weeks ago Chief Dee Ketchum talked with Leavenworth County commissioners, in an effort to gain their support.

On Monday, Ketchum will attend the Tonganoxie City Council meeting.

City Administrator Chris Clark extended an invitation to Ketchum, after city council members told Mayor John Franiuk they would be willing to listen to Ketchum's presentation.

On Feb. 8, the chief talked to county commissioners in generalities about what a $52 million casino complex could mean. Although the tribe would receive profits from the operation, he said, any community that works with the tribe could expect help with such improvements as roads, schools, water and fire. Clark said Ketchum has not talked with him about a specific site in the county.

"I offered to send him a map of our sewer and water infrastructure to give him an idea, but he said he didn't want to be at that point yet," Clark said.

But Roger Shilling said he's been in contact with Ketchum about 75 acres he and family members own. The property is bounded by Leavenworth County Road 5, Main Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. Shilling said it includes the former site of Chief Tonganoxie's lodge.

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