09.25.17

Senator Baldwin and Representatives Kind, Moore and Pocan Urge Trump Administration to Act and Move Forward Ho-Chunk Nation Casino in Beloit

Wisconsin members of Congress push for progress after long delay

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI-04), Gwen Moore (D-WI-04) and Mark Pocan (D-WI-02), called on the Trump Administration to act on the Ho-Chunk Nation’s application for a casino in Beloit.

“We write today to urge full, fair and prompt consideration of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s application to acquire land for gaming purposes in Beloit, Wisconsin. The Beloit community and the Ho-Chunk Nation have eagerly awaited progress for years at the federal level on the casino plan,” the members of Congress wrote. “This proposed gaming facility will provide significant economic benefits for the City of Beloit and Rock County, the State of Wisconsin and the Ho-Chunk Nation. The project will support additional business development and infrastructure improvements in the region. It will allow the tribe to expand educational, housing and health care services for its members.”

In the letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the Wisconsin members of Congress urged the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to move forward on the tribe’s application.

The next step in the application process, which began in 2012, is for BIA to release the draft Environmental Impact Statement in the public record. The release of the Environmental Impact Statement will then prompt a public hearing on the proposed Ho-Chunk casino project.

An online version of the letter is available here