Kickapoo Tribe Will Seek Federal Help On Reservoir

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An American Indian tribe is considering seeking federal help to secure land to build a reservoir near Topeka.

The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas has been trying for years to build Plum Creek Reservoir. It has been stalled by a water district that oversees land close to the tribe's land 50 miles north of Topeka.

A federal court ruled in December that the tribe couldn't compel the Nemaha-Brown water district to use eminent domain to obtain private property so the reservoir can be built, despite an agreement signed in 1994.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( tribal chairman Steve Cadue and vice chairman Curtis Simon met with Gov. Sam Brownback last Friday. They told him they will ask the federal government to acquire the land via eminent domain by invoking treaty rights.