Brownback Meets With Four Tribes Today

Brownback Meets With Four Tribes Today

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Front row, left to right, Arlen Whitebird (Kickapoo chair), Steve Ortiz (Prairie Band Potawatomi (PBP) chair), U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, Alan Kelley (Ioway acting chair), and Twen Barton (Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri chair).  Back row, left to right, Junior Wahweotten (PBP), Carrie O’Toole (PBP), Mark Kabeah (Kickapoo), Russ Bradley (Kickapoo), Jim Potter (PBP), Joyce Guerrero (PBP) and Laura Razo (Kickapoo).


MAYETTA:  U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan) met this morning with leaders from the four Kansas tribes at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort. The purpose of the meeting was to exchange information and ideas about issues and concerns that the Kansas tribes are facing. Brownback is presently a U.S. Senator and is running for Kansas governor. He will face Tom Holland, a Democratic candidate, in the November election.

Topics brought up at the meeting from tribal leaders and their attorneys were about gaming, land to trust, and working toward a greater cross-cultural understanding between Native American and mainstream groups.  Brownback said that, if elected governor, he would look into those concerns and that he was particularly interested in bettering the future of Haskell Indian Nations University and figuring out a way that the state and the tribes can more readily work together. He also said that he was still working on the Native American Apology Resolution that he introduced to Congress in 2004 with former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of the Northern Cheyenne Nation which has been an arduous task.

Brownback has been on the campaign trail around the state since he won the primary this summer and heads back to Washington, D.C. next week.