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UPDATE: Gov. Walker delaying decision on Menominee casino plan

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).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The head of the Menominee Indian tribe says he's glad that Governor Scott Walker is doing his "due diligence." 

Craig Corn said it was an encouraging sign when the Republican Walker delayed an announcement scheduled for Friday on whether the Menominee can have its new casino in Kenosha. 

Spokesman Tom Evenson said Walker needs more time to review information submitted Wednesday by the tribe and the Hard Rock chain that would build and manage the $800 million facility. 

The head of the Ho-Chunk tribe, which opposes the new casino, said the delay gives the Menominee false hope. Jon Greendeer said Walker should make his decision and be done with it, so all of Wisconsin's tribes could move on. 

Walker has said he would approve the casino if all 11 tribes in the Badger State agree to it. The Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi tribes oppose it, saying it would cut into their casino business. 

Menominee officials said they would cover those losses by paying a higher share of their gaming profits to the state, so the other two could pay less.

Also, the Menominee said the other tribes technically endorsed the new casino when they signed their current gaming agreements with the state a decade ago. The Ho-Chunk leader says that's wrong.

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