Walker Says All Tribes Must Agree to New Casino

Created: 02/28/2013 4:57 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Gov. Scott Walker says all 11 Wisconsin tribes must agree before any new off-reservation casino is opened in the state.

Walker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board on Thursday that tribes must be unanimous before approving a new off-reservation casino. Walker says that is "absolutely" a "difficult wall to hurdle."

Walker's approval is required under federal law before any tribe can open an off-reservation casino.

Walker's comments are a blow to the Menominee tribe's effort since the 1990s to open an off-reservation casino in Kenosha.

The Potawatomi tribe has long been fighting the proposal for fear it would cut into business in their Milwaukee casino.

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