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Menominee sues to suspend decision on Kenosha casino

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November 7, 2008

KENOSHA, WI The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin fear that Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will issue a "hasty, arbitrary and capricious end-of-term disapproval" of their long-pending application for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha. The tribe applied for approval to take the Dairyland Greyhound Park property into federal trust, which is a requirement for building an Indian casino. Secretary Kempthorne has been a long-time opponent to off-reservation gaming.

Therefore, the tribe filed a federal lawsuit today seeking a temporary restraining order to halt the federal review of its application until after the January change of administrations.

"Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne tried in January to rewrite the rules to fit his own personal views against off-Reservation gaming," said Lisa Waukau, Menominee tribal chair. "After we showed how our project fit even his new January rules, we learned from Secretary Kempthorne's people that it didn't matter, he was going to reject us anyway. That's illegal, unfair and unacceptable."

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