Menominee sues to suspend decision on Kenosha casino
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
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
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