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Gov. Walker: All 11 state tribes must approve any new off reservation casino

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Potawatomi Casino
Potawatomi Casino

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says all 11 Wisconsin Indian tribes will have to give their blessings before he approves any new casino off a tribe’s reservation.

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is reportedly close to deciding whether tribal casinos should be built in Kenosha and Beloit, hundreds of miles from the tribes’ reservations.

If the Bureau says yes, the governor would have to concur.

Thursday, the Republican Walker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial board that a consensus of all the tribes is necessary for a project – or else the door could be opened to a host of new casinos in lucrative areas.

Walker’s stance appears to kill a proposal first made in the 1990’s for a Kenosha casino organized by the Menominee tribe at the site of the old Dairyland Greyhound Park.

The Potawatomi tribe has long opposed the possible gaming house and resort, because it would cut into profits from the Potawatomi Casino, the only one that’s in Milwaukee. 

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