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“We have a lot of history there in Arkansas. We consider it our homeland. The casino is named in honor of Chief Saracen, who is buried just a few miles away in the cemetery in Pine Bluff.”
NEWORLEANS, LA. – John L. Berrey, Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, is the distinguished recipient of Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) Tribal Leader of the Year Award.
During Chairman Berrey’s tenure on the Quapaw Business Bommittee and as Tribal Chairman, the Quapaw Tribe experienced exponential growth inits enterprises and services. Most recently Chairman Berrey has become nationally recognized for his leadership and vision in tribal agricultural production that promotes food sovereignty and environmental stewardship. In addition to the successful Downstream Casino, the Quapaw Tribe also operates the Quapaw Cattle Company, Quapaw Processing Plant, Quapaw Honey, O-Gah-Pah Coffee, and O-Gah-Pah Bison. The Quapaw’s agricultural businesses and programsrepresent innovation and creativity that enables farm-to-table supply services for their casino, provides quality local jobs and offers more nutritional food options to their local community.
QUAPAW, Okla.—With the public filing of settlement documents last Friday in the United State Court of Federal Claims, the Quapaw Nation neared the end of its unprecedented effort to obtain a measure of justice for serious federal mismanagement of its reservation lands, accounts,and other Indian trust assets. Under a settlement with the United States, the Nation and its members are due to receive almost $200 million through a combination of immediate payments and appropriations to be requested from Congress pursuant to special legislation adopted in December 2012 known as a“congressional reference.” “For my tribe I am glad we are nearing the end,” said John L. Berrey, who has served as Chairman of the Nation’s Business Committee since the litigation began. “But I think a lot as well about our ancestor swho suffered this mistreatment and who deserved this restitution, and also about the many elders who supported this cause and who we have lost over all the years this has taken.”
“The formal Conference Committee will begin deliberations on September 5th and, as we move into Conference, Indian tribes must continue to advocate to make sure the strongest tribal provisions make their way into the final bill that ends up on the President’s desk.
“Working on these matters, I have been fortunate to be part of a team spearheaded by the Native Farm Bill Coalition, the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, the National Congress of American Indians and Indian tribes from across the country.“
We did not get everything we wanted in either the House or Senate bills, but the provisions included so far will make major, historic inroads in getting tribes better access and maximum use of USDA programs and services.”
OTTAWA COUNTY – Wednesday, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Oklahoma toured the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma. Participants discussed progress with the site and future goals for the continuing cleanup. The tour and discussion follow the announcement on July 23, 2018, of the one-year anniversary of the EPA Superfund Task Force Report.“
The Tar Creek Superfund site is entirely within the reservation of the Quapaw Tribe, and the Quapaw Tribe has been the most adversely affected stakeholder since mining began nearly a hundred years ago. This is the first Superfund site where a Tribe has taken the lead and is performing the cleanup, resulting in local employment and economic benefits,” said Quapaw Tribal Chairman John Berrey. “I look forward to continuing to work with EPA and ODEQ to further expedite the cleanup and find innovative approaches to the environmental problems that still exist at the site.”
The Quapaw Cattle Company is the latest in a string of tribally owned and operated businesses that provide jobs to both tribal and nontribal citizens in Oklahoma. All total, tribes contribute more than $10 billion to the state's economy. Oklahoma is home to 39 federally recognized tribes, most of which own casinos and a range of other businesses that provide benefits, stable employment and better-than-average pay for tribal and nontribal citizens. Larger tribes like the Cherokee Nation have contributed millions of dollars to the state’s ailing education system and have helped build roads and bridges. However, Oklahoma has a budget deficit of around $600 million, making it difficult to raise teacher pay and fix those roads.
The Quapaw’s meat-processing plant is also part of the tribe’s larger strategy to raise their own cattle, grow their own vegetables and move away from the unhealthy diet that’s plagued Indian country for decades. Located on the grounds of the casino is a row of greenhouses, a small herd of goats (to take care of weeds) and an apiary. The food they grow goes straight to the casino as well as the tribally run day care. They also sell the honey inside the casino gift shop.
NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA — This week a select group of Quapaw Nation members have started receiving funds after a settlement was reached with the United States Government.
After 17 years Quapaw Nation finally reached a settlement with its Goodeagle versus the United States case. This week $59 million was deposited in the tribe’s Bank of Oklahoma trust account. More than 570 tribal members will benefit from a portion of that funding, in addition to the tribe.
John. L. Berrey, Quapaw Nation Chairman, said, “Were kind of sad a lot of people passed away that should have gotten this money but their children will get it. People that helped us work on this lawsuit that have now passed away its exciting but it’s also sort of reflective.”
Quapaw Nation Chairman John L. Berrey attended President Trump’s signing of the historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on the White House lawn today. “On behalf of the Quapaw Nation and my people, I was honored to be there when President Trump signed the USMCA, an accomplishment that few people thought was possible,” Chairman Berrey said.
QUAPAW, Okla. - Downstream Casino Resort is making its semi-annual Food Bank donations this week, distributing 20 tons of canned food to eight food banks and food pantries in five counties around the region. “We are in our 10th year now of fighting hunger in our region and trying to raise awareness of the problem and lead by example to urge everyone to do what they can to help," said Downstream Chairman John Berrey.