LITTLE ROCK — The chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma says the tribe has no plans to change the current agricultural use of land in Central Arkansas that it has requested to place into federal trust.

LITTLE ROCK — The chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma says the tribe has no plans to change the current agricultural use of land in Central Arkansas that it has requested to place into federal trust.


In a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior dated May 28 and released to the news media on Friday, John Berrey said that contrary to rumors, "the tribe has no plans to seek approval to conduct gaming on this land."


Pulaski County officials have objected to the tribe’s request to place the 160-acre tract of land in the county into federal trust.


Berrey said the tribe acquired the land because of it cultural and historical significance to the Quapaw people. He said it contains burial mounds, has been the source of a large number of significant Quapaw artifacts and is within what was the tribe’s original homeland in Arkansas, before the tribe was removed to reservations in Kansas and what is now Oklahoma.