An Outagamie County Board resolution to support a Lac du Flambeau band of Chippewa Indians plan to build a $55 million casino in Kaukauna has a long way to go before it ends up on Gov. Tommy Thompson's desk, Administration Secretary George Lightbourn says. The tribe hopes to build a $20 million casino, $30 million hotel and convention center and $5 million water park at the abandoned Fox Valley Greyhound Park. A $92.5 million bonus would be split between the city and Outagamie County over 20 years. The BIA must first decide to move off-reservation land into trust for the tribe, Lightbourn said Sept. 27. Thompson has said before he will sign any new casino deals tribes must have an indication of public support. The tribe has shopped its plan throughout area communities. Its state gaming compact refers to "off-reservation casino site(s)," suggesting that more than one facility could be approved, said Dick Matty, a tribal spokesman. Lightbourn said Thompson will not consider any plan until the tribe has narrowed their sites to one. "The tribe needs to decide where they're most serious. I hope we don't get to the point where one community is pitted against another."
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