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8 of 11 tribes voice support for Kenosha casino

The former Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, Wis. is seen in an Aug. 31, 2013 photo. The Menominee Nation wants to build a casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park, which has been closed since December 2009. Republican Gov. Scott Walker has set several criteria for approving the casino project, including no net gambling increase in the state. That requirement is dividing Wisconsin tribes as each looks to protect its own gambling operation. (AP Photo/M.L. Johnson)

The Menominee Nation wants to build a casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, which has been closed since December 2009. Eight of the 11 Indian tribes in Wisconsin support the effort to build the casino. (AP Photo/M.L. Johnson)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Eight of the 11 federally recognized American Indian tribes in Wisconsin say they support the Menominee tribe’s attempt to build a new casino in Kenosha.

The Menominee issued a news release Thursday saying they had the support of all but three of the state’s tribes for the project. They urged Gov. Scott Walker to approve building the casino.

Walker has said he won’t approve it unless there is unanimous consensus among all 11 tribes.

The three tribes that did not sign Thursday’s statement were the Ho-Chunk Nation, Forest County Potawatomi, and the Oneida Tribe.

The Potawatomi operate a casino just 40 miles away from Kenosha in Milwaukee and have vehemently opposed the Menominee’s plans.

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