KESHENA - A plan by the Menominee Tribe to build a new casino in Kenosha is gaining support, but will it be enough?
Eight of the state's 11 federally recognized Indian tribes support the project, while three others, including the Oneida, have not endorsed the plan.
Governor Scott Walker says he won't approve the proposal unless all 11 tribes agree to the plan.
Menominee Tribal Chairman Craig Corn calls the $800 million casino proposal at the former Dairyland dog track site in Kenosha the chance of a lifetime.
"I think we have one shot at this thing," said Craig Corn, Menominee Tribal Chairman.
But before plans can go further, Governor Walker says all 11 of the state's Indian tribes must endorse it.
Corn says he has support. Signatures from eight tribal leaders including the Menominee have been sent to the governor.
The Ho Chunk Nation and Forest County Potawatomi oppose the plan.
"The proposal has a history of corruption and scandal that we think will harm Indian country. And it's something the Potawatomi would not want to be associated with," said Ken Walsh, Forest County Potawatomi spokesperson.
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin would not do an on-camera interview, but a spokesperson told FOX 11 News the tribal government is talking about the proposal. However at this point, the Oneidas say they will remain neutral.
Governor Walker says any additional gaming needs community support as well.
"The reason I set out early in my administration objective measures like this was so that it wasn't a political decision. It was one based on objective measures. And it's up to the Menominee to work with the other tribes to see how they can meet that particular criteria," said Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisconsin.
"Off-reservation gaming is a very controversial and very divisive issue and it's one that requires the agreement and the consensus of all parties involved," said Walsh.
"You're never going to get all the tribes to agree on one particular issue, and there are differences between the tribes that go back years," said Corn.
"So to get us to agree with that, that's we're doing our best," he said.
The Menominee chairman says he was given 60 days to convince all of the tribes to agree. The governor says he expects an answer by the end of October.
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