BELOIT, WI - The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin were notified last week
that oral arguments are scheduled to begin November 13th for their lawsuit
against the federal government regarding the Beloit Casino Project.
Circuit Judges Judith Rogers and Thomas Griffith and Senior Circuit Judge
Laurence Silberman will hear arguments that former Secretary of Interior Dirk
Kempthorne improperly changed policies of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in
the final days of the Bush Administration. This comes a year following a
dismissal of the case by U.S. District Court judge.
"The notification appears routine," Beloit Casino Project spokesman Joseph Hunt
said. "We understand that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is rethinking their
off-reservation policy. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that they're taking
a close look at policies that were put into place by the previous
administration, and we're eagerly awaiting some kind of word from the Department
of Interior on our application."
Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, said the lawsuit must be resolved before the U.S.
Interior Department will take further action on the tribe's casino application.
"It will get played out, unfortunately, in the courts," she said.
The St. Croix and Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have been working for
ten years to bring a casino to Beloit.
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