NEWKIRK (AP) - One of five tribes that lease land to a
controversial drug-treatment center objects to another tribe's
licensing of the facility, saying state certification of
the center would not impinge on Indian sovereignty.
Narconon Chilocco has been operating without a state license
since it opened about two years ago on Indian land near
Kansas, and is fighting state efforts to shut it down.
The center is on land leased to Narconon by the Tonkawas,
Kaws, Otoe-Missourias, Poncas and Pawnees.
The Tonkawas recently granted their own temporary licensing
and certification to the center. The state Supreme Court
issued a stay on state efforts to shut the center following
appeals from Narconon and the Tonkawas.
The Kaw Nation council has responded with a resolution that
objects to the Tonkawa action and states the Kaws only will
accept state licensing of Narconon.
Kaw Chairwoman Wanda Stone maintained Thursday the Tonkawa
licensing is worthless unless it is supported by a majority
of the five tribes involved.
Delbert Cole, a Ponca and chairman of the Chilocco authority,
said his tribe plans a resolution similar to that of the
Tonkawa President Virginia Combrink said she expects the
Pawnees and Otoe-Missourias to support her tribe's action.