The Potawatomi Indian tribe filed suit today, to try-and-reverse the federal government's rejection of possible state tax payments if a competing casino is approved for Kenosha.
Back in November, state officials agreed to guarantee state payments to make up for whatever money the Potawatomi loses as a direct result of the proposed Menominee Hard Rock Casino in Kenosha. The U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs turned down the arrangement earlier this month. In its lawsuit, the Potawatomi said the bureau exceeded its authority.
The Menominee tribe says its proposal for a Kenosha casino is getting closer to reality, now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an amendment between the state and the Forest County Potawatomi.
But the Potawatomi say the state could still owe the tribe money if the Kenosha casino moves forward.
The amendment would have put the state and the Menominee tribe on the hook to make up any Potawatomi losses as a result of a new casino in nearby Kenosha.
Gary Besaw is Chair of the Menominee Kenosha Gaming Authority.
The Wisconsin DNR is giving an award to the Forest County Potawatomi Community for having one of the three highest rates of recycling in the state in 2013. The tribe recycles more than 500 pounds of material per person per year.
The Forest County Potawatomi’s per capita rate of recycling is more than twice the state average of about 240 pounds.
A new waste recycling plant built by the Forest County Potawatomi is up and running. The Milwaukee facility turns organic material into electricity that’s sold to WE Energies.
Project Manager Charlie Opferman says the $20-million facility converts food waste into methane gas using tanks full of bacteria.
“We keep these tanks full. They’ve got bugs in them, and the bugs have food. We keep them warm with heat that comes off the engines. Keep them basically at body temperature – as long as we can keep the bugs warm and happy they eat.”
A group opposing more off-reservation gambling casinos is hoping a recent federal policy change won't mean a new casino in Kenosha.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has given it's blessing to a Menominee Tribe proposal to put in a large casino-hotel complex at the former Dairyland Greyhound Racing track in Kenosha. The move is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, which has operated a lucrative casino in Milwaukee for many years.
The Forest County Potawatomi tribe is condemning another tribe’s proposal for an off reservation casino approved Friday by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Menominee tribe wants to build a gaming facility in Kenosha. But Potawatomi Spokesperson George Ermert says the area falls within Potawatomi ceded territory.
“Potawatomi historical lands have traditionally stretched from the tip of Door County, all along the shores of Lake Michigan. So for one tribe to go on another tribe’s historical lands is a very very big deal.”
A spokesman for the Menominee Nation says the U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved plans to build a casino. The proposed casino will be built at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park near Kenosha. The old racetrack has been closed since 2009.