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Spokesman: BIA approves Menominee Nation's proposed casino

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - A spokesman for the Menominee Nation says the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved plans to build a casino.

The proposed casino will be built at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park near Kenosha. The old racetrack has been closed since 2009.

The project is meeting harsh opposition from another group, the Forest County Potawatomie tribe – who have its own casino near Milwaukee.

Over half of the voters in Kenosha County approved the project in a non-binding referendum.

The Menominee Nation says the $800 million casino will include over 3,000 slot machines, 75 blackjack tables, hotel, 50,000 square feet of shopping centers and a 5,000 square foot entertainment area.

Governor Scott Walker says his administration will allow a 60-day comment period between the two tribes. 

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