Menominee tribe

Members of the Menominee tribe plan to march to the state capitol from their reservation starting Friday to demand Governor Scott Walker meet with Menominee tribal chairman Gary Besaw. 

The tribe wants the governor to reconsider its proposal for a casino in Kenosha. 

Governor Scott Walker said last month he wouldn’t approve it, because it might cost the state too much money. A 2005 gaming compact promises to reimburse the Potawatomi tribe for losses that result from nearby gaming competition. 

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. 

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. 

One Lac du Flambeau tribal member is reflecting on the importance of the annual state of the tribes address. 

Performer and tribal liaison for the state Department of Transportation Kelly Jackson says the speech is an important way for tribes to engage with state government.

“To share with our state legislators some of the key issues and mutual expectations in tribal communities.  Tribes are part of the government system in Wisconsin, so their opportunity to address the legislators is really a critical part of government relations.

The new leader of the Menominee Nation told Wisconsin lawmakers that while deep differences exist on many issues, including the environment, cooperation is the goal.

While not directly addressing a proposed Kenosha casino by the Menominee Tribe....which is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community... Chairwoman Laurie Boivin says dialog with the state concerning gambling compacts is positive for both sides...


Lac du Flambeau

Public transportation is returning to at least one part of the Northwoods, thanks to Lac du Flambeau.  

  The tribe is partnering with the Menominee Nation to provide transportation between several stops in Lac du Flambeau and the Minocqua-Woodruff area.  Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says it will be the only public transit available in the area.

The Lac du Flambeau tribe continues to support more Indian gaming in Wisconsin.  Lac du Flambeau president Tom Maulson has sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker in support of the Menominee proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha. 

The Menominee plan has gained federal approval but is being held up by opposition from the Forest County Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Tribes.  Joe Hunt is an off reservation gaming consultant for Lac du Flambeau. 

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Today marks 10 years since a proposal for a copper and zinc mine in Forest County came to an end.  Members of the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa and Menominee tribes gathered this weekend to celebrate…but pointed out that mining remains a controversial issue in northern Wisconsin.

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.

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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.”

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.