The federal government officially said “no” to the Menominee Nation’s Kenosha casino project Wednesday.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne rejected the tribe’s land-into-trust application for the project, citing its noncompliance with 2008 guidelines that discourage approval of off-reservation casinos outside of a “commutable distance” from a tribe’s reservation.
I don't believe this comes as a shock to anyone paying attention for the last two years. The moment Dennis Troha was indicted for illegal campaign contributions, the casino project was in a precarious position.
The accusations and criminal proceedings surrounding elected officials in Kenosha and throughout Wisconsin has severely tainted this project.
People got greedy.
The Menominee Tribe continues to push the issue forward in hopes that the casino project moves forward with the Obama administration.
Perhaps now is a good time to start over again and redo this project the right way.