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Walker meets with tribes to talk casino

Dairyland Greyhound Dog Racing Track, which has been closed since December 2009, in Kenosha, Wis. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a Native American tribe's plan to build a casino at the former dog racing track near the Wisconsin-Illinois border, a tribe spokesman said Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/The Kenosha News)

Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha has been closed since December 2009. The Menominee Nation wants to open a casino on the grounds. (AP Photo/The Kenosha News)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he has re-affirmed his criteria for approving the Menominee Nation’s plans for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha with tribal leaders.

A state Department of Administration spokeswoman released a statement saying Walker and DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch met with Menominee, Potowatomi, Ho-Chunk and Oneida leaders about the casino on Wednesday. She said Walker reiterated his criteria for approving the plans — community support, no net increase in gambling and support from all 11 Wisconsin tribes. The statement offered no other details.

The Ho-Chunk and the Potawatomi oppose the Menominee’s plans. Spokesmen for the Menominee and Potawatomi didn’t immediately return messages. Messages left at the Ho-Chunk and Oneida tribal offices weren’t immediately returned.

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