Three Wisconsin Tribes Blocked From Buying Hudson Dog Track

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The U-S Supreme Court Monday decided against hearing an appeal by three Wisconsin Indian tribes over plans to turn a Hudson dog track into a casino.

The tribes were challenging the governor's ability to block them from acquiring the St. Croix Meadows track at Hudson and turn it into a casino.

The Red Cliff, Lac Courte Oreilles and Mole Lake Chippewa bands created a partnership to buy the dog track, about 60 miles west of
Eau Claire in St. Croix County.

A federal judge in Madison and an appeals court in Chicago had already ruled against the three Chippewa tribes.

The U-S Interior Department approved the acquisition and the tribes' plan to turn the land into a reservation to create the casino. But former Governor Scott McCallum vetoed the plan in 2001 because he opposed any expansion of gambling.

The tribes contend that the provision of the federal Indian gaming law that requires the governor to approve the acquisition of off-reservation land for gaming purposes gives the governor too much power.