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Menominee tribe receives federal approval for Kenosha casino

6:47 PM, Aug. 23, 2013  |  Comments
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A casino proposal from the Menominee Tribe on Indians has received federal approval, according to tribal chairman Craig Corn, who wants Gov. Scott Walker to provide the necessary go-ahead for the project to move forward.

The tribe said it won approval for its application to build an entertainment center and casino at Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tribal officials said the project would provide more than 3,300 new jobs and $35 million in annual new revenue for Wisconsin.

"Today is a great day for everyone who cares about jobs and economic success for Wisconsin. We applaud the BIA approval, we applaud the hard work of so many across the state who have supported this project for so long, and we are optimistic about the future," Corn said in a written statement.

The BIA said on Friday the tribe can acquire a 228-acre parcel in Kenosha land in trust for gaming purposes only if the governor concurs in the determination within one year.

Walker, a Republican who was the executive of Milwaukee County before being elected governor, said his administration will move forward with evaluating "this casino using the criteria previously laid out by my administration. The three criteria are: no new net gaming, community support, and consensus among the 11 sovereign nations.

"We will move forward with a 60-day comment gathering period for the tribes following the federal government's approval. My administration will begin reaching out to tribal representatives ahead of the beginning of the comment period to ensure all the tribes have the opportunity to provide feedback," Walker said in a written statement.

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