BELOIT, WI - A change in administration could give the St. Croix Chippewa of
Wisconsin a better opportunity to achieve their dreams for a new casino. Their
Beloit Casino application has been waiting for action from the Bureau of Indian
Affairs for nearly two years.
Beloit Casino Project spokesman Joe Hunt said “We believe our chances are going
to be better in the new administration than they were in this past one. We don't
think that the incoming president is going to change the law in order to take
opportunities away from folks who are following the law.”
The tribe filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne last
year for changing the rules regarding the land into trust approval process and
policies set by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. A judge dismissed their
lawsuit September 30th and the tribe filed an immediate appeal.
“You'll hear a cheer from Indian country when Dirk Kempthorne is removed,” Hunt
said. Kempthorne will stay in his position through the transition, and leave
after President-elect Barack Obama appoints his own cabinet.
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