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Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi continue to stand against Kenosha casino project

A concept design for the proposed casino in Kenosha. (Photo by: Hard Rock International).
A concept design for the proposed casino in Kenosha. (Photo by: Hard Rock International).

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - Two Wisconsin Indian tribes have reaffirmed their opposition to a new Menominee off-reservation casino at Kenosha. 

Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi leaders both take issue with the Menominee's claim that they consented to the project, when they signed new gaming agreements with the state a decade ago. 

Ho-Chunk president Jon Greendeer said, "I don't know where they read that into our compact."

Wednesday, Menominee leaders asked Governor Scott Walker to approve the Kenosha casino -- and to accept their contention that the other tribes signed away their opposition to it a long time ago.

Walker wanted all 11 state tribes to endorse the project. He's expected to make his final decision by the end of the week. 

The owners of the Hard Rock Café and casino chains would build and manage the new facility. The Menominee tribe says it would pay more of its gaming revenue to the state to help the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk offset declines in their own casino revenues. 

Hard Rock chairman James Allen says two-thirds of the Kenosha business would come from Illinois gamblers. And if the casino's not built, most of those people would play in their own state. 

A marketing research reports says just over a-third of gamblers at Milwaukee's Potawatomi Casino come up from Illinois.

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