Kickapoos Still Seeking Reservoir

FILE - In a Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 file photo, men fish from the exposed shore at Lake Lanier in Buford, Ga. Lake Lanier is the main source of water for Atlanta. A Friday, July 17, 2009 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson found that nearly all of Georgia's withdrawals from Lake Lanier, a massive federal reservoir north of Atlanta, are illegal because the lake wasn't built for water supply. The ruling has left Peach State leaders racing against the clock to avoid a potentially dire water shortage in the South's largest urban area. (AP Photo/Greg Bluestein, File)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Native American tribe wants Gov. Sam Brownback to intervene in the tribe's decades-long fight to build a reservoir on the northeast Kansas reservation.

The Kickapoo have been trying since the late 1970s to build the 1,200-acre Plum Creek Reservoir because of recurring water shortages and other problems.

In 1998, Congress approved an agreement between the Kickapoo and the Nemaha Brown Watershed Board to build the reservoir and dam. But some area landowners have refused to sell property needed for the project.

Kickapoo Chairman Steve Cadue wants Brownback to direct the watershed board to use its power of eminent domain to take the land.

But Brownback's office says it has no authority over the issue. The governor's office also says he's tried to facilitate mediation, but that's been unsuccessful.