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Walker calls for tribal meeting on Kenosha casino

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Governor Scott Walker wants to meet this week with leaders of all 11 Wisconsin tribes about the proposed Menominee Indian casino in Kenosha. The Republican Walker wants to see if there's any way they can all agree to allowing the new casino. That's one of the conditions he has imposed before he'll approve the project.

The issue was placed on Walker's lap after the federal government gave its final approval. In the governor's words, "I'd like to see a win-win." That doesn't appear to be in the cards, at least for now. The Potawatomi Tribe has long opposed a Kenosha casino, fearing it would reduce revenues at the Potawatomi casino in nearby Milwaukee. The Ho-Chunk tribe also opposes the Kenosha project. Tribal president Jon Greendeer sees no way that will change.

The Oneida tribe of Green Bay now says it has not decided on the new Menominee casino, even though it was reported earlier that the Oneida was against it. Last week, the Menominee hired the owners of the Hard Rock Café and casinos to develop-and-manage the Kenosha complex.

Walker has said the Hard Rock's involvement will not influence his final decision. Besides the other tribes' approval, Walker says the Menominee needs to show community support for its new casino -- and it will not result in a net increase in gaming. The Walker administration is not saying publicly what that last condition includes.