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Kenosha Representatives and Menominee Tribe Lobby for Dairyland Casino

On March 12, 2007, representatives from the city and county of Kenosha were hoping for an audience with Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, to discuss the "good benefits" that a Tribal casino could bring to Dairyland Greyhound Park.

The Menominee Tribe is the main proponent of the $808 million. The tribe sent a letter that day which was signed by Allan Kehl, Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian and State Rep. Jim Kreuser, a Democrat from Kenosha. Kreuser is the representative of the 64th Assembly District, which includes the Dairyland Park in their jurisdiction.

The 3 representatives are requesting an audience with Secretary Kempthorne, who must give his approval on the project before being approved by Gov. Jim Doyle. The Menominee Tribe is hoping to place the Dairyland Park land under federal trust, which will allow them to build a gambling casino in the park.

The Menominee Tribe's casino plans have been put into question lately due to the legal trouble of businessman Dennis Troha, who has been accused by authorities of illegally contributing to Gov. Doyle's campaign funds.

The Menominee Tribe also received a letter, signed by James Cason, the former Associate Deputy Secretary of the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), which stated the many problems the tribe will face during the approval process of the land and the casino.

In a letter to Cason's successor, Carl Artman, the Chairwoman of the Menominee Tribe, Lisa Waukau, stated that they believe they have met all of the guidelines that were set in Cason's letter.

The letter is among several of the letters that Cason sent last December to all tribe officials, seeking to engage in off-reservation gaming. It was Cason's effort to discreetly warn the tribes of the potential difficulty that they could face because Interior Secretary Kempthorne was a staunch opponent of off-reservation gaming when he was still Governor of Idaho.

Among the problems that the agency will address are the Menominee Tribe's gaming site and the distance of the their current reservation from their proposed site. According to Chairwoman Waukau, profits from gaming activities will be used to develop the Menominee Tribe's government and the economy of the reservation.

 

22 March 2007
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Lauren Desmond

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