THE KANSAS
DELAWARE TRIBE OF INDIANS
The Kansas Delaware Tribe/Nation was relatively inactive politically from 1867 to the late 1970s. Action began in earnest to organize the tribe/nation in the 1970s to recover some of the residual monies from the sale of land to the U.S. government in the 1860's. The tribe was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma on 16 April 1974.
The tribe was inactive for several years though the corporation remained intact. Interest in the tribe was renewed in the 90's. Annual meetings and elections of the General Council were held in 1998, 1999, and 2000 in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, the location of the Delaware Reserve in Kansas prior to 1867.
The Kansas Delaware are currently incorporated in the State of Oklahoma as the Kansas Delaware Tribe of Indians, Incorporated. Our General Council is investigating the merits of being incorporated in Kansas, or elsewhere. (Although members are widely scattered throughout the United States, many Kansas Delaware still live in Kansas and Oklahoma.) The governing body of the Kansas Delaware is an eleven-person General Council, whose members are elected for a one-year term during the annual meeting. The newly-elected Council Members meet after the annual meeting to elect the Tribal Officers.
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