Potawatomi Tribe dismisses offer to partner on Kenosha casino project

The Menominee Indian Tribe is inviting the Forest County Potawatomi Community to partner in its proposed Kenosha casino project. But the Potawatomi tribe made it clear Tuesday that it is not interested in Menominee’s offer to participate in the project.

“It’s clear that the Menominee were not serious about their offer and this was merely a gimmick to garner media attention,” said Forest County Potawatomi attorney general Jeff Crawford.

“It has been the Menominee Indian Tribe’s hope since 2003 to work together with the Forest County Potawatomi Community in regard to the Menominee Indian Tribe’s proposed Kenosha Casino and Entertainment Center,” said Menominee Indian Tribe tribal chairman Craig Corn in a letter sent Monday to Potawatomi chairman Harold “Gus” Frank. “Although the Menominee has, on at least seven occasions, proposed a number of ways our tribes could work together, none of those seem to have been acceptable to your tribe. Nevertheless, Menominee would like to take one more opportunity to propose a plan to work together in order to bring great benefits to both our tribes and to the state of Wisconsin.”

The Menominee is offering the Potawatomi the opportunity to be the developer and/or the manager of the project. The Potawatomi would also have the opportunity to: lease a certain number of gaming machines at the Kenosha casino, be a lender for the Kenosha casino project, obtain development rights over a portion of the Kenosha property to develop complementary facilities, and work with the Menominee to develop a cooperative marketing program for the Kenosha casino and the Potawatomi’s Milwaukee casino.

Read more from Tuesday’s report at BizTimes.com.

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