December 18, 2014

Deadline day for Kenosha casino proposal

Today is the deadline for the Menominee Tribe to convince Governor Scott Walker to sign off on their proposed Kenosha casino. The problem for the Menominee – the Forest County Potawatomi continues to vocally oppose the off-reservation casino at a shuttered greyhound park in Kenosha. Walker has attached a condition to his approval of the plan, that the other ten federally recognized tribes cannot oppose any new casino. So far, eight other tribes have announced they won’t stand in the way, but the Ho Chunk and Potawatomi continue to be opposed. On Monday, Potawatomi spokesman Ken Walsh said the Menominee proposal “has a history with corrupt individuals whose finger prints are still on the application.” The Menominee have inked a deal with Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, to develop and manage the proposed $800 million project. Walker gave the Menominee 60 days after the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the plan earlier this year. The BIA did acknowledge that the Kenosha casino would likely siphon off some revenues from the Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee.