George Ermert

Some Tribes Opposed to New Gaming Facility
1:00 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

A Year After Federal Approval, Kenosha Casino Plan Still In Limbo

It’s been a year since the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs gave the green light to the Menominee tribe’s proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

But Governor Scott Walker has yet to weigh in on the plan, which needs state approval to move forward.  Walker has said he wants all of the state’s eleven tribes to support the project before he says yes.

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Asking for Treatment as State
3:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Potawatomi Seek EPA Approval for Water Quality Authority

Wolf River, Langlade County
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The Forest County Potawatomi Community is taking a first step towards controlling water quality on its reservation. The Wisconsin DNR is looking for public input on the proposal.

The tribe has applied to the EPA for treatment as state.  Which means it would have authority to uphold water quality standards on the reservation.  Potawatomi spokesperson George Ermert says to do that the tribe must prove that is has the resources to manage water quality. 

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Off-Reservation Casino Sparks Debate
2:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Potawatomi Say New Report Shows Gaming Market is Saturated; Menominee Disagree

Editor's Note: This report was updated at 4:01 p.m.

A report on Indian gaming is drawing mixed interpretations about how casinos are doing in Wisconsin. 

The report from gaming information publisher Casino City shows a slight increase in Wisconsin’s gaming revenue from 2011 and 2012.  But it also shows more than 3-percent drop over six years, from 2007 through 2012. 

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Proposal Incites Controversy
4:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Federal Approval For Off-Reservation Casino Divides Tribes

The Menominee have an existing on-reservation in Keshena, WI.
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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.”

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