After 180 Years, Quapaw Tribe Returns to Arkansas in Land Deal

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 12:00 am  

John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, led a historic return to Arkansas through land ownership.

The proximity to the Little Rock Port Industrial Park is obvious, but we wondered if the Quapaw had something more creative in mind.

Berrey said there are no grand plans for the property.

The tribe most associated with Arkansas (including the state name) is now associated with a highly successful gaming development: Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma.

That choice of names pays homage to the tribe’s name (Ugaxpa in the native tongue, meaning downstream people) and is a reference to the tribe’s migration downstream from the Ohio River Valley to what would become Arkansas.

On a different business front, the Quapaw Tribal Business Committee recently bought a 51 percent stake in Detonics Defense Technologies LLC, a high-end handgun maker.

“This is a very exciting venture that if all goes well will position the Quapaw Tribe as a premier minority contractor in the law enforcement and handgun training space for military, state and local law enforcement,” Berrey also noted in The Quapaw Tribal News. “It’s a very exciting mix.”



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