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The Kaw Nation
Although known as the Kaw Nation, we are the proud Kanza people. We are a nation with a long history and a rich cultural fabric.

We have a language all our own and we observe traditional customs that have been passed down through the ages. Formerly known as the Kanza (or Kansa) people, the Kaws are a federally recognized Indian tribe officially known as The Kaw Nation. Presently there are 2,938 enrolled members who under a legal agreement with the United States Department of Interior conduct tribal business from their tribal headquarters at Kaw City in northern Oklahoma.

Our present constitution was adopted by the Kaw National Council (comprised of enrolled members age eighteen and over) on August 14, 1990; our Executive Council is comprised of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and four additional tribal members and is elected by a majority vote of the National (or General) Council. The Kaw Nation is a representative form of Government with the functions of Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Bodies. Like any government, the Nation has the power of taxation; however, due to the erosion of a contiguous land base, taxation is not feasible; thus a major source of revenues is from economic enterprise activities.

The Nation offers a variety of programs supported by Tribal, State, and Federal resources including law enforcement services, language and cultural activities, clinical health services, higher education assistance, environmental services, substance abuse services, and child related services. The Tribe has created quasi-autonomous entities to carry out specific governmental functions such as: The Kaw Nation Utilities Commission, The Kaw Nation Gaming Commission, The Kaw Nation Housing Authority, and The Kaw Enterprise Development Authority.



The Kaw Enterprise Development Authority
The Kaw Enterprise Development Authority, also known as KEDA was created in 1983 and has as it’s principle goals:

1. To remedy disproportionate unemployment and underemployement of Kaw Tribal members and other Indians residing in the Tribal jurisdiction.
2. Provide revenues with which the Tribe may address other pressing matters of public health, safety and welfare.
3. Attract private industry to the Tribal jurisdiction.
4. Expand the Tribal land base and economic development potential through the purchase of additional land for Tribal use.

Membership of the KEDA Board of Commissioners (five members, three of which must be Kaw Tribal members) is by appointment of the Chairman of the Kaw Nation with the advice and consent of the Executive Council expressed by resolution. The membership must be of majority age, free of any felonious acts, and take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the Kaw Nation. Members do not have an equity position or personal conflicts with any KEDA operated business and bear Trustee responsibilities.

KEDA is a growth firm. This group aggressively seeks new business ventures to diversify a long-term dependable income stream to sustain essential governmental services. KEDA is active in local, State, and National organizations supporting a host of local municipal governments with contributions for fire and emergency equipment, park renovations, support of local schools, hospital foundations, non-profit concerns, catastrophic events such as hurricane Katrina and the Greensburg Kansas tornado.

KEDA and all respective businesses are audited on an annual basis and copies can be obtained upon request. KEDA was awarded the Company of the Year for outstanding achievement in business excellence and leadership in 2007 by the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, Northcentral Oklahoma Chapter. Among the powers and duties of the Board of Commissioners is to manage tribally owned businesses.


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