Casino Lawsuit Rejected

A federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit today challenging the governor's ability to block Indian tribes from acquiring a western Wisconsin dog track.

The decision by the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago is the latest defeat for three Chippewa tribes trying to open a casino at the Saint Croix Meadows Greyhound Racing Park in Hudson.

The Red Cliff, Lac Courte Oreilles and Mole Lake Chippewa bands created a partnership to buy the dog track located about 20 miles east of the Twin Cities. The Interior Department gave federal approval for the tribes to acquire the land and make it a reservation, but former Gov. McCallum vetoed the idea in 2001 because he opposed any expansion of gambling.

The tribes appealed after a federal judge in Madison rejected their lawsuit last April. The appeals court says federal Indian Gaming law does not transfer control of the execution of federal law to state governors, as the tribes argued.