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Menominee tribe gets extension in order to secure casino project support

A concept design for the proposed casino in Kenosha. (Photo by: Hard Rock International).
A concept design for the proposed casino in Kenosha. (Photo by: Hard Rock International).

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker will reportedly give the Menominee tribe more time to make its case for a new casino in Kenosha.  

The tribe now has until the end of the week to round up support for its project, according to FOX 11.

Among other things, the Republican Walker says all 11 Wisconsin tribes must favor the new casino -- and at last word, the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes still oppose it strongly. They say it would cut into revenues for their own casinos, but the Menominee has promised them it would offset those losses somehow. 

The federal government approved the new off-reservation casino two months ago, leaving the decision to Walker -- who gave the tribe 60 days to meet his conditions for approving it. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Menominee will make its final case to Walker Wednesday.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Tuesday said the Potawatomi gave another $35,000 last month in campaign donations to the Republican State Leadership Committee. That's after the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes shelled out another $42,500 to the GOP group earlier. 

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