Tribes meet with Governor Walker over Kenosha casino
MADISON - Governor Walker and his Administration Secretary met at the Capitol Wednesday with the Menominee Nation and opposing tribes. There was a lot of dialogue - but no deal.
The sign outside the governor's office - where the tribes were meeting - reads "quiet", and the opposing tribes were pretty quiet after the meeting.
The Oneida, Ho-Chunk, and Potawatomi have raised concerns about the Menominee's plan to build an $800 million casino in Kenosha. Governor Walker wants all 11 tribes to agree to the Kenosha plan before he signs off on the project.
"We got to hear from the other tribes and we look forward to getting to the finishing line and getting them to sign off," said Menominee Chairman Craig Corn.
When asked, Corn said he believes there is a chance of getting to that finish line. But Ho-Chunk President Jon Greendeer disagrees.
"Nothing has changed, nothing will change," he said. "We are firm in our position."
Menominee's chairman says he's not giving up.
"We've got a lot of work ahead of us in a short time," Corn explains. "We are doing the best we can."
In a brief statement, Governor Walker said he had reaffirmed his criteria for getting a deal done, which includes all the tribes agreeing. The deadline for a final answer is October 22.