Delaware Tribe partners with city on development

The Delaware Tribe and the city of Dewey, Oklahoma, are collaborating on an economic development project.

As part of the partnership, the tribe will buy 17 acres owned by the city. The land will be used for a travel center, a retail commercial center, a restaurant and a 60-room hotel.

The project will be completed in four phases. "It is going to be important that the tribe affix its name to a profitable, quality, first class project," said Chief Jerry Douglas.

The tribe lost its federal recognition as the result of a lawsuit filed by the Cherokee Nation. The two tribes have been trying to work out on an agreement but proposed legislation has been controversial.

Get the Story:
City of Dewey, Delaware Tribe of Indians collaborate on new business development (The Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise 1/30)

10th Circuit Decision:
Cherokee Nation v. Norton (November 16, 2004)

Lower Court Decision:
Cherokee Nation v. DOI (7/23)

Relevant Documents:
Federal Register Notice/Ada Deer Announcement (September 1996)

Relevant Links:
Delaware Tribe of Indians -

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