Welcome to the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas has been in its present area since the 1832 Treaty of Castor Hill where the Kickapoo lived near the Missouri River. The Treaty of 1854 with the Kickapoo Tribe ceded over 600,000 acres of land to the US Government but retained approximately 150,000 acres of land.
The Kickapoo Tribe was the first of three other Indian tribes in North East Kansas to compact with the state for their gaming operations called the “Golden Eagle Casino”, the largest employer in Brown County. Economic development is the top priority for the Kickapoo Tribe to meet the growing needs of its community and to maximize its economic resources for the benefit of tribal members.
Drinking water needs are critical. The reservation sits on a rock formation blocking access to groundwater. The Kickapoo Tribe has had a water plant since the 1970’s. The water used on the reservation comes from the Delaware River and is treated at the water plant. Over the years it has been repeatedly repaired but the structure is old and inadequate for the current needs. Recent rainstorms have further damaged the dam structure and surrounding area. Governmental agencies have agreed to supply fund to help rebuild the damaged areas.
The Kickapoo Tribe has a diverse workforce made up of over 130 professionals and technical staff members. The day-to-day operations include issues with environmental, health, road maintenance, compliance, financial, legal, gaming, and planning community growth, just to mention a few.