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Ho-Chunk Nation won't ask tribes about off-reservation casino

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

The Ho-Chunk Nation doesn't need the support of other tribes to pursue an off-reservation casino, President Jon Greendeer said.

The tribe's Class III gaming compact authorizes four locations. The tribe hopes the last will be a casino in Beloit.

“I won’t ask any other tribe,” Greendeer told The Beloit Daily News. “That’s a made up thing. That doesn’t exist. I won’t give anyone the satisfaction of supporting or not supporting a casino project. We’re not interdependent on the tribes for that, and I’m not going to take the bait. That’s what’s thrown out there. I don’t think that’s our prerogative.”

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing an environmental impact statement for the casino. However, a draft hasn't been issued even though a notice was put out more than two years ago.

The tribe is pursuing the casino under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The law gives the state governor final say over the project.

Get the Story:
Blocking gaming in Beloit proposed (The Beloit Daily News 2/18)

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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