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Kansas tribe drops option on out-of-state land

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas has let an option on about 120 acres of land in Illinois expire, The Dekalb Daily Chronicle reports.

The tribe staked a claim to an ancestral reservation in Illinois. In the final days of the Clinton administration, the Interior Department's top lawyer called the claim "credible."

The tribe has since purchased a home in Shabbona and has floated plans to build a casino resort in the area. Shabbona is named for the Potawatomi chief who was granted the reservation in an 1829 treaty.

Get the Story:
Indian tribe casino not quite a sure bet (The Dekalb Daily Chronicle 6/2)

Relevant Documents:
Excepts of Letter on Land Claim (January 18, 2001)

Relevant Links:
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation -

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