Oneida support Menominee's casino proposal

  • Associated Press
  • October 18, 2013 - 3:35 PM

ONEIDA, Wis. — The Oneida Nation has thrown its support behind the Menominee Nation's plan to open a casino in Kenosha, leaving only two Wisconsin Indian tribes that haven't given their blessings to the proposal.

Gov. Scott Walker said the Menominee would need Wisconsin's 10 other tribes to approve of the project before he would grant it his own approval and allow it to proceed. The Oneida Nation's support leaves only the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk as tribes that haven't given their backing to the proposed casino.

"We have taken several weeks to make our decision. It has been our goal to ensure we have considered all available information possible and gauged impacts on our economy, our community and the overall state of inter-tribal relationships," the Oneida said in a statement.

The decision to support the Menominee project came after studying casino revenue and visitor information, Oneida chairman Edward Delgado told WLUK-TV ( ).

The Menominee will use Oneida's Bay Bank for a variety of financial and banking-related services for the Kenosha casino project.

The Menominee want to partner with Hard Rock International to build an $800 million casino and entertainment complex at the old Dairyland Greyhound dog track in Kenosha.

Forest County Potawatomi spokesman Ken Walsh said the casino project still fails to meet the criteria set forth by Walker — that the state's 10 other tribes back the casino, that the project have local support and there's no net increase in gambling.

Walker has given the Menominee until Tuesday to show it has consensus from all the tribes.

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