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Menominee Nation faces a 'high bar' for off-reservation casino

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Menominee Nation Chairman Craig Corn said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has toughened the criteria for off-reservation gaming without telling the tribe.

The tribe wants to open a casino in Kenosha , about 200 miles from the reservation. The project has local support -- one of Walker's criteria -- but two other factors appear to be major hurdles.

Walker said a new casino requires "consensus" from all of the 11 tribes in the state, meaning an objection from just one tribe will sink the project. He also said a new casino can't contribute to an "expansion" of gaming.

Corn said those two criteria differ from what he was previously told by Walker's administration. He also believes the tribe's Class III gaming compact allows for a second casino.

“I’m just really frustrated that these criteria had to come out in the news,” Corn told The Kenosha News. “I wish they would have had some respect for the tribe and contacted us and let us know."

"The tribe’s spending millions of dollars on this project, and you get one opinion from the secretary of administration and you get another from the governor, and nobody wants to talk about it. It’s just not fair. It’s frustrating," Corn added.

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe opposes the casino.

Get the Story:
Walker: Casino needs all tribes’ support (The Kenosha News 12/18)

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