Kenosha Casino: Clash Between Tribes, Part Two
The Menominee Tribe estimates the casino project will create 10 thousand 600 jobs over the next decade from Kenosha to Keshena. "The Governor said he wanted to create jobs, we think we can help him with this project," said Menominee Tribal Legislator Gary Besaw. However, the Forest County Potawatomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford says the gaming market in the midwest is saturated. "That project is specifically designed to take money out of Milwaukee."
I asked Besaw if a successful Hard Rock entertainment complex would come at the expense of the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. "If we were just going in as slots in a box, then it may not have been viable. But because it's a Hard Rock, because it's an entertainment destination center, we believe we're growing the area," Besaw said.
With a February 19th deadline looming for Governor Walker to make a decision, the eyes of both Indian nations are watching, and all of Wisconsin is waiting to see if this clash leads to a consensus, or a litany of lawsuits between longtime tribal neighbors.