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January 14, 2009

BELOIT, WI - The federal government yesterday rejected the application of the Bad River and St. Croix Chippewa bands of Wisconsin to build a tribal casino in Beloit. This follows last week's rejection of the Menominee tribe's application to build a casino at the Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha. In both cases the U.S Department of Interior's decision was based on last year's policy change that restricts off-reservation casinos.

The St. Croix Chippewa sued the department and Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne for the policy change but a judge dismissed their lawsuit September 30th. The tribe then filed an immediate appeal.

Tribal spokesman Joe Hunt said they hope their lawsuit and the change in the Washington administration will restore their application and move their project forward.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and state Sen. Judy Robson, D-Beloit, both issued statements of disappointment with the federal decision. Baldwin said Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne "has made a decision based not on law, but on his own personal bias."

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