Beloit Casino project update

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Steve Benton
November 30, 2009
— The number of tribes involved in the proposed Beloit Casino project may increase to three. With the recent purchase of property in the middle of the proposed casino project site, the Ho Chunk tribe negotiating with the Bad River and St. Croix Chippewa. Spokesman for the project, Joe Hunt, says he attended the first meeting and the talks were "cordial." The one thing the tribes agreed to, according to Hunt, is to hold off on any announcements regarding any decisions until the talks are concluded.

Hunt says they're also still waiting for a ruling on their lawsuit against the Federal Government. A three judge appeals court decided several weeks ago to cancel oral arguments in the case. Hunt says the tribes look at this development as a positive step. They feel the judges have enough information to make their decision in the briefs supplied to the court.

The suit is an effort to stop the government from changing the criteria for off reservation casino applications. If put into affect, the changes would render the Beloit application invalid.

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