Menominee: Let's Work Together

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Kenosha News - August 28, 2013

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  • BY TERRY FLOREStfl ores@kenoshanews.com

    The four words in a speech that captivated a nation 50 years ago are not forgotten.

    In fact, they live on since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what is known as his I Have A Dream speech Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C.

    For residents who recalled his words whether in person or at home in front of their TV sets and radios Kings words moved them.

    Lillian Brown, 81, of Kenosha, spent most of the day in the emergency room with her 2-year-old daughter who had cut herself after a fall. But Kings voice was every-where on the news on TV and on the radio.

    I know I was hoping that others would hear and that it would make a change and reach someone who was not as familiar

    with the struggle as I was, said Brown, who grew up in Florence, Ala., That it would ring a bell in somebodys concious-neess and help them make a change.

    But Brown has mixed feelings about whether Kings words have been taken to heart to move people past racism.

    I still see signs of racism. It has im-proved somewhat, because people of color are now able to participate in the things they were not able to before, said Brown.

    We still are not judging people by the content of their character. People of color are still looked on as people of color with label-ing still going on. It still happens.

    Part of the marchRoss Boone, 82, of Twin Lakes was

    among the thousands who attended the March on Washington.

    Boone remembers speaker after speaker calling supporters of civil rights to action. But Kings speech had special signifi -cance, he said, as King also pushed for secure jobs and livable wages.

    I always liked listening to it. I never get tired of listening to it. He is a very

    wonderful speaker, Boone said. I think it was a great opportunity for people who felt strongly about people who had wanted integration, education and health care ... he stood for all of those.

    Empty streetsDennis Farley, who grew up in Keno-

    shas Bonnie Hame housing development, was in the U.S. Army at the time, stationed at Fort McNair in Washington.

    BY JANINE ANDERSONjanderson@kenoshanews.com

    To at least one Kenosha-area resi-dent, Harbor Thunder is a menace, not a festival.

    An anonymous complaint earned the city its second Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America, a North Carolina-based group that fi ghts noise pollution in many forms.

    The fi rst Noisy Dozen was given to St. Pauls Lutheran Church for its motorcycle blessing ceremony on May 5.

    Noise Free America calls tonights Harbor Thunder event an irresponsible celebration of extreme noise.

    Ted Rueter, director of the orga-nization, said it was particularly outrageous that a local civic organi-zation would celebrate noise.

    But its Harley-Davidson. Its Wisconsin.

    And it doesnt matter, Rueter said. He lived in Wisconsin for 13 years, and understands well the cult status of and state pride in the homegrown company.

    I dont think Kenosha or any-where else should be celebrating illegal or harmful noise, he said.

    This is the third Harbor Thunder

    event. The fi rst honored Harley-Da-vidsons 100th anniversary; the sec-ond was for its 105th anniversary. This one comes just as Milwaukee gears up for the 110th anniversary celebration.

    Dennis DuChene, president of the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the anony-mous resident hasnt voiced any complaints locally, and that from what hes seen, people are looking forward to the event.

    Yet, he knows big events whether they involve motorcycle

    parades or not can put some people out.

    We understand there may be a noise inconvenience, he said. We try to fi nd a balance between the number of events we do so we dont overdo it and put a burden on the residents.

    Harbor Thunder begins with a motorcycle parade down 52nd Street, starting about 5:30 p.m. at Ukes, 5995 120th Ave. The festival continues until 11 p.m. at the east end of HarborPark at Kenoshas lakefront.

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    BY JOHN KREROWICZjkrerowicz@kenoshanews.com

    MADISON The Menomi-nee Nation on Tuesday re-opened the chance to discuss its proposed casino in Keno-sha with a major competitor to overcome its objections to

    the project.Gary Besaw, Menominee

    Kenosha Gaming Authority chairman, and Craig Corn, Menominee tribal chairman, commented at a Tuesday press conference at the state Capitol on ways they plan to

    convince Gov. Scott Walker to approve their tribes casino project, including of-fering the rival Potawatomi Tribe a management and or development deal.

    The Potawatomi, vocal opponents of the Kenosha proposal, operate an off-reser-vation casino in Milwaukee.

    Walker has said hell decide whether to give fi nal approval to the new, off-res-ervation casino based on suf-fi cient community support, no net increase in gambling in Wisconsin and a consen-sus of the states 11 tribes in support of the facility. Hes accepting tribes comments during a 60-day period.

    The federal Bureau of

    Indian Affairs notifi ed the Menominee on Friday that it approved the project.

    Casino supporters point to thousands of jobs brought here by the estimated $808 million casino and millions in taxes and other payments to the state and local govern-ments.

    Forest County Potawa-tomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford responded, after a Milwaukee radio talk show host mentioned he had a copy of the Menominees offer

    in writing, that leaking the contents to the media was a poor move.

    Good governments and smart businesses that really want to achieve mutually benefi cial goals do not begin those discussions by com-municating via press leaks, Crawford wrote.

    He wrote that previous Menominee offers to become involved in the Kenosha casino have had strings

    Menominee: Lets work together

    Editors note: The Kenosha News has created a special video with students from Justine Hammelev-Jones fourth- and fth-grade class at Wilson Elemen-

    tary School reading portions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s I Have a Dream speech interspersed with comments fromKenosha County residents explaining the effect Kings words had

    on their lives. Watch the video at kenoshanews.com. Click on The Dream Lives On.

    50 years later, localsrecall Kings speech

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    Anti-noise group gives Harbor Thunder dubious honor

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    Getting ahead of the heatAbby Long cools herself with a garden hose dur-ing Tuesdays hot weather in Allendale. A heat advisory was in effect most of the day, as the temperature soared to 96 degrees, according

    to the National Weather Service, with a heat index of 101 degrees. Today should be much more tolerable, with a high in the mid-80s ex-pected. See the complete forecast on Page B8.

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    BY JOHN KREROWICZjkrerowicz@kenoshanews.com

    MADISON A Kenosha delegation visited the state Capitol on Tuesday to help convince legislators to sup-port the Menominee Nations proposed casino.

    After an 11 a.m. news conference, several represen-tatives stopped at Assembly Speaker Robin Vos offi ce, only to fi nd the Rochester Republican wasnt there. They planned more visits after lunch.

    Speakers at the news conference pushed the idea of an economic blossoming for Kenosha, southeastern Wisconsin and the state if Gov. Scott Walker gives the project its fi nal approval.

    The $808 million casino

    is slated to have 3,100 slot machines, 75 blackjack tables, a 5,000-square-foot entertainment center, a 400-room hotel, a confer-ence center and about 50,000 square feet of retail space. It would be built on the site of the former Dairyland Greyhound Park, which closed in 2009.

    Comments made at the press conference included:

    Kenosha Countys nearly 3,000 businesses would thrive, said Lou Moli-tor, Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. He said a survey of Chamber members revealed 67 percent supported the project.

    The Menominee would assess a room tax mirroring

    the Kenosha room tax, to be used for tourism purposes, said Dennis DuChene, Kenosha Area Conven-tion and Visitors Bureau president.

    A tremendous loss of jobs in the Kenosha area lately could be reversed with a casino, which would be a godsend for the unem-ployed, said Dan Doperalski, with the Operative Plaster-ers and Cement Masons International Association. Talk about a stimulus pack-age ... he added.

    Jennifer Dooley, owner of Dooley & Associates, a Kenosha-area marketing fi rm, said the casino would boost her business and ben-efi t her nine employees as well as rest of the county.

    Kenosha delegation hits Capitol to lobby for casino

    attached, whether that is working with a corrupt developer or with out-of-state interests that will harm Mil-waukee and Wisconsin. The Potawatomi try very hard to not work with questionable individuals or put our tribal members at risk through poor business judgment.

    Crawford summarized: Its clear the Menominee were not serious about their offer and this was merely a gimmick to garner media attention.

    Evan Zeppos, Kenosha casino project spokesman, said this was the most recent of contacts with the Potawa-tomi since 2004. Theyve always completely ignored it, he said.

    When I read their state-

    ment, its a little bit of what I might call insider crocodile tears, Zeppos said. I think part of that, candidly, is because their monopoly is exposed, and theyve got this diffi cult anti-Wisconsin, anti-jobs agenda to defend.

    Invitation standsZeppos said the Menomi-

    nee continue to be open to talks with the other tribe.

    Besaw at the Tuesday press conference said the Menominee believe in the governors criteria and that Walker will consider whats best for the state and conse-quently approve the project.

    Its a no-brainer, and it has to go forward, Besaw said.

    Corn said other tribes have given support for the Kenosha project.

    Were prepared to do what we have to do to get this to the governor for his approval, Corn said. Were prepared to entertain whatever the Potawatomi is requesting so that theyll approve of it.

    Meanwhile, Walker has not taken a public position on the proposal. He told the Mil-waukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday that he would like to see the tribes work out their differences on their own.

    Ultimately, I want, if they are going to reach an agreement, something that puts the burden on the tribal governments to reach an agreement, not on my hav-ing to play King Solomon, Walker said.

    Assignment Editor Joe Potente contributed to this report.

    From Page A1

    CASINO: Menominee open for talks

    He was retrieving laundry that day from Fort Meyer in Virginia. As he drove, he not-

    ed his was the only vehicle on the streets, that were shut down com-pletely, for the day.

    I thought it was going to be big. I just knew it was some-

    thing special, said Farley, 72.Farley, who is white, said

    he was cautioned by his Army peers about associat-ing with blacks. In Virginia he saw signs at the beaches that read whites only.

    At the time, civil rights was new to everybody, but to me, I thought that they deserved the same things as everybody else.

    Farley said Kings speech, which he eventually heard after he got back to Fort McNair that day, had a pro-found effect on him.

    He said, however, hes not so sure that the dream of a world without bigotry has come to fruition.

    My opinion is it still hasnt happened. At the time, I thought, this is going to be interesting, he said. My expectations were high. But after time it gradually faded

    away. Theres still a lot of big-otry and racism in this world. Its not just unique to the United States, you know?

    Reaping the benefi tsVeronica King, 49, Keno-

    sha NAACP president, and Earl Crawley, 61, said they benefi ted from Kings vision of equal educational oppor-tunities.

    I had a chance to get a good education and good job, and I passed that on to my kids, said Crawley, who was in grade school at the time. That in itself was a big impact that I got to

    be a living the dream during that era.

    Crawley and King said the late civil rights leaders dream is evident in the 21st century as the country elected its fi rst president of color in Barack Obama.

    Still much to doVeronica King, who

    attended the ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the speech over the weekend, said there is much to do as the country still grapples with racism

    and violence. Prominent among those gathered were advocates memorializing Trayvon Martin, she said.

    I got the sense people are still motiviated to continue the fi ght the march, to make things better. I got the sense that people havent just set-tled for the way things are, she said. The momentum is building again to change the way things are or bring morefocus and attention back (on the dream).

    Lasting hopeFor Mildred Chatman,

    however, the hope that King inspired is one that is lasting.

    Chatman was in high school in 1963 and remem-

    bers the feel-ing that if youdream, the pos-sibilities in lifebecome limit-less. She was among the fi rstgeneration in her family to go to college.

    When you stop dreaming,

    hope is gone. And its almost like you become useless to your self and to others. And, that was part of the beauty of the dream, she said. It was a gift that he was able to pass on. Not just to African Americans, per se, but his gift was to America. Period.

    Veronica King

    Mildred Chatman

    Dennis Farley

    From Page A1

    SPEECH: King inspired hope that lasts

    AP PHOTOMenominee Kenosha Gaming Authority Chairman Gary Besaw, left, and Menominee Tribal Chairman Craig Corn address the media in a Tuesday news conference at the state Capi-tol. The Menominee are working to stem the Forest County Potawatomi Tribes opposi-tion to the Kenosha casino proposal, which is now in Gov. Scott Walkers hands.

    Chris Schwartzs name was misspelled in a story in Tuesdays edition.

    Kevin Mathewson is

    alderman for the Eighth District in Kenosha and not as listed in a Tuesday story.

    The Kenosha News believes in accuracy and setting the record straight. If you have a question regarding a story, cutline or headline, contact the city desk at 656-6279 or 656-6377.

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    BY JANINE ANDERSONjanderson@kenoshanews.com

    A man was allowed this month to withdraw his 1997 plea of no contest to child en-ticement and sexual assault after the victim recanted.

    Willie C. Gavin, 53, of Kenosha, was found guilty of the two offenses based on that plea. He had been accused of sexually assault-ing a child between 1993 and 1995, according to earlier Kenosha News reports, and was sentenced to eight years in prison plus 15 years of probation.

    After his release from

    prison, Gavin spent several years trying to fi nd an attor-ney, said Christopher Rose, the attorney who later took on the case.

    Rose brought forward a motion asking Gavin be allowed to withdraw his plea. After a hearing on the motion, Judge Anthony Mil-isauskas vacated the convic-tion on Aug. 21 and allowed the plea withdrawal.

    It was a recantation from the alleged victim who years later came forward and said it was fabricated, Rose said. (Her statements were) the only evidence against him.

    After Gavin retained him as his attorney, Rose said, the woman who had made the accusations as a child came forward and spoke with them, and agreed to testify on his behalf.

    She testifi ed at the post-conviction hearing that she felt pressured into saying something happened by her foster parents at that time, Rose said.

    The state must now decidewhat to do next. A status conference is scheduled for Oct. 2. The district attorneysoffi ce did not respond to requests for comment.

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