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February 22, 2008
BELOIT, WI - As reported by the Beloit Daily News: "With the lawsuit
against the federal government still pending in the nation's capital,
representatives from the Beloit Casino Project have urged Indian tribes spurned
by the Department of Interior to write their elected officials about the harm
the recent changes to the off-reservation gaming application process has
"'Our experience has been that when we have joined our voices we are more likely
to be heard,' Joe Hunt, spokesman for the Beloit Casino Project, wrote the
tribes on behalf of Hazel Hindsley, chairperson of the St. Croix Chippewa
Indians of Wisconsin.
"Hunt sent the letter to the tribes whose off-reservation casino applications
were denied last month after the Department of Interior assistant secretary
applied a new commutability guideline to the process.
"The government officials enacting this and other changes have exceeded their
authority, the St. Croix argue in their lawsuit against Secretary of Interior
Dirk Kempthorne and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Carl Artman.
"...casino representatives plan to submit documents outlining the impact of the
changes to government officials, including the Natural Resources Committee
chairman and the staff director for Indian Affairs, prior to the hearing, Hunt
"Involving other tribes should only strengthen the St. Croix band's voice.
"...The St. Croix and Bad River Bands of Chippewa have been going through the
process of applying for an off-reservation casino complex in Beloit for
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