Gov. Scott Walker said the proposed Menominee Tribe casino must receive unanimous approval from each of Wisconsin's 11 tribes before he would approve the project.
Nine of Wisconsin’s tribes, including the Lac du Flambeau Tribe, have approved the Menominee bid to open an $800 million casino in Kenosha.
Each day this week, the governor has sent an email and issued a press release about the Menominee proposal. The daily reports have generally noted flaws in the Menominee argument or skipped the arguments that favor the casino complex.
“Gambling in our state is a highly regulated monopoly,” said Walker. “It is limited to the 11 tribal governments. That is why any off-reservation casino opened here requires an extensive application and review from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) before sign off from the governor.”
Walker said the application for the proposed Kenosha casino was submitted to BIA in 2004.
“In addition, each of the tribal governments in Wisconsin has compacts with the state, which were negotiated long before I was elected governor,” said Walker.
The compacts are separate legal agreements between each individual tribe and the state.
“These compacts could be significantly impacted,