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Casino Controversy continues

It's a question that still remains unanswered. Will there be a Menomonee Tribe casino in Kenosha?

\"This decision isn't just about what I think is right or wrong. This decision is very much clouded by the compacts Governor Doyle put into place,\" said Governor Scott Walker. He spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Wisconsin Center during an economic summit.

Each tribe has its own gaming compact with the state.

An amendment is being reviewed by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to decide whether it's legal.

If Potawatomi loses money because of the Kenosha casino the Menomonee tribe would have to pay Potawatomi the money it lost. The Menomonee tribe have said it would, but if it can't, the state would foot the bill.

\"That could cost tax payers 100 million dollars depending on how things work out,\" said Walker.

Why one hundred million?

\"I believe the Department of Administration looked at not only what they could stop making but what they could go back on as part of their compact agreement,\" said Walker.

A spokesperson for the Kenosha casino isn't surprised by the amendment.

\"Menomonee, Hard Rock, we all knew this had to be done,\" said Spokesperson Michael Beightol

Potawatomi released the following statement, \"The tribe continues to oppose this project and believes governor walker will ultimately find that this project is not in the best interest of Wisconsin.\"

The Bureau of Indian Affair has 45 days to decide if the agreement is legal. Regardless, Governor Walker gets the final say in the matter. He did say, he would take the BIA decision into consideration when deciding whether or not to allow a casino in Kenosha.


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