Quapaw Tribal Chairman Supports Building Mill By Newly Discovered Ancient Native Village

Aug 1, 2013

The chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma says he supports the building of a $1.1 billion steel mill that is to be built in northeast Arkansas at the site of a recently discovered American Indian village.

The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas.
Credit Aldo Fonticiella /

John Berrey said at a gathering at Osceola City Hall that the tribe is "pro-jobs" and supports the building of the Big River Steel plant.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( that Berrey met Wednesday with Mississippi County government officials, the director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and other officials about the mill.

Mississippi County has allocated $14.5 million and the state promises $125 million in bonds for the Big River Steel mill. Officials say the mill will create 525 jobs.