Menominee Tribe Considers Options in Wake of Casino Rejection

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KESHENA, Wis. (WFRV) – The Menominee Tribe and Hard Rock International are still hoping a planned hotel-casino for Kenosha can move forward, even with Governor Walker’s persistent opposition to the project.

From the perspectives of the Menominee Nation and Hard Rock International, the hotel-casino project is very much alive. The only uncertainty is where the project might end up.

Despite a 155-mile march from Keshena, Governor Walker refused Wednesday to meet with tribal leaders. The governor says there’s nothing more to discuss.

“We said we were going to two-months,” Gov. Walker says. “We spent 14-months to look at this specifically, and we believe very clearly that this would cost the taxpayers of the state hundreds of millions of dollars.”

The tribe is still mulling over possible legal action against the state.

“The Packers very much had the ball, and we’ll see if Walker punts the ball to Illinois,” tribal chairman Gary Besaw says.

A tribal legislative committee is expect to meet Friday to consider the options. They say right now, everything is on the table.

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