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Menominee Nation reels after casino foe drops out of GOP race

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Leaders and representatives of the Menominee Nation reacted with scorn after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) dropped out of the Republican presidential race.

Craig Corn, a former chairman and current member of the Menominee Legislature, took to Twitter to vent about the development. He believes the tribe's off-reservation casino in Kenosha fell victim to Walker's now-failed presidential aspirations.

"Loser, loser, loser!!!!!" Corn wrote in one post in a series of expletive-laden outbursts.

The casino would have generated a significant number of jobs and revenues for a tribe with high rates of unemployment. But Walker claimed his approval posed an economic risk to the state.


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The day after he killed the project, Walker went to Iowa for the unofficial launch of his campaign, The Kenosha News reported. Only a few days beforehand, influential Republicans in the state sent him a letter urging him to reject any expansions of gaming in Wisconsin.

“One reason we think he denied the application was because of these evangelicals who wrote him a letter,” Eric Olson, a project director for the Menominee casino, told The Kenosha News. “Either their support wasn’t very firm or never there. As a result, we lost jobs in both construction and operating and lost a huge investment in the property on the west side of Kenosha.”

Walker has three more years left in his term. During that time, he might be called to make a decision on the off-reservation casino being sought by the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Like the Menominees, the Ho-Chunks are pursuing the casino in Beloit under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The law gives the state governor veto authority.

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