During a well-attended listening session in October, Ho-Chunk Nation President Wilfrid Cleveland was among those who questioned the need for the proposal. He said the tribe's situation is unique because it was forced off its homelands by the federal government. "We don't have a reservation here in Wisconsin," Cleveland told John Tahsuda, a senior-ranking Trump appointee to the BIA, at the session, which took place in Milwaukee on October 16. Cleveland also noted that the BIA, at the time, had only schedule three tribal consultations. Following uproar in Indian Country, a new and expanded schedule was announced earlier this month. "Who's the BIA supporting?" Cleveland said, arguing that the proposed changes will make it "near impossible" for the tribe to acquire land for its communities, which are spread throughout Wisconsin as a result of the government's past policies. "If those stipulations were in there when the IRA was first put together," Cleveland said, referring to the Indian Reorganization Act, the 1934 law that authorized the land-into-trust process, "we wouldn't have these sites that we do have around the state of Wisconsin." Cleveland is scheduled to take part in Thursday's update about the Beloit casino. He will be joined at 1pm Central time by Vistin, as well as Beloit city manager Lori Luther and Beloit city council president Kevin Leavy, the tribe said. The announcement is actually taking place just across the border, at the Nature at the Confluence Learning Center, in South Beloit, Illinois.
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