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Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

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An opposition-commissioned study shows the tribe's proposed casino at the Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha would drain about $221 million a year from the regional economy. The report said it will derive only 10 percent of revenue from people outside the region, while 90 percent will come from residents in the surrounding eight-county area. The Kenosha Coalition Against Legalized Gambling paid $2,000 to William N. Thompson, a professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, to complete the study. Earlier, Thompson developed an analysis with similar findings for opponents of the Ho Chunk tribe's proposed casino in La Crosse. Thompson has done research work on behalf of other tribes, showing positive economic benefits of casinos where the majority of revenue would come from outside that region. The Menominee want permission from Interior and the BIA to place the Kenosha property in trust. Existing contracts between the tribe, the city and Kenosha County will expire if BIA and full state approval is not obtained by Dec. 31. Gov. Tommy Thompson said earlier this month he will block roulette and crap tables at the casino. "It's blackjack and slots - nothing else - in Wisconsin." Thompson and the tribe agreed to an 8 percent "net win" to the state and a waiver of sovereign immunity.