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Forest County Potawatomi Fight Kenosha CasinoSubmitted: 03/19/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


CRANDON - A Northwoods Native American tribe seems to care quite a bit about a proposed casino in far southeastern Wisconsin.

The Forest County Potawatomi care so much, they put together a video ad.

Wisconsin's Menominee tribe has been trying to build a Kenosha casino for at least a dozen years.

But the Forest County Potawatomi's commercial points out Menominee business connections with non-native groups from Alabama, Connecticut, and California.

"(The Forest County Potawatomi) want(s) to make sure that truly any project that is developed in Wisconsin will truly benefit Wisconsin tribes. It shouldn't be at the detriment of another tribe. Non-native developers shouldn't stand to gain a lot of money from these projects," says Forest County Potawatomi spokesman George Ermert.

The Forest County Potawatomi also highlights connections with the Chicago mob, Jack Abramoff, and federal indictments in the history of the Kenosha proposal.

Some claim the tribe is interested in stopping the Kenosha casino because it would likely take business away from the Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee.

"I would say that's not the case at all. This project that has been discussed over the years in Kenosha is something that has had issue after issue," Ermert says.

The federal government's Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering the plans right now.

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