Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino deal goes 3 more years


A conceptual design of the proposed Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation in Beloit, Wisconsin. Image from Good for Beloit

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin extended an off-reservation gaming agreement for another three years, during which time the tribe and local supporters hope to secure approval for the long-running project.

The tribe first entered the agreement for the casino in Beloit in 2012. In November of that year, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced the preparation of a draft environmental impact statement on the project.

More than two years later, the agency has yet to issue the initial document. But the tribe, the city and Rock County are still behind the project.

“Given the level of support the city and the county and the stateline region has given to this, we’re looking for a fluid approval,” President Jon Greendeer told The Beloit Daily News.

The tribe believes the BIA has restarted work on the draft EIS but there is no timeline for action.

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3-year extension of casino pact settled (The Beloit Daily News 4/1)

Federal Register Notice:
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Ho-Chunk Nation Beloit Casino Project, City of Beloit, Rock County, WI (November 26, 2012)

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