Menominee set to give speech to Wis. lawmakers

New Menominee Tribal Chairwoman Laurie Boivin talks to FOX 11 on Mon, Feb. 10, 2014.
New Menominee Tribal Chairwoman Laurie Boivin talks to FOX 11 on Mon, Feb. 10, 2014.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Menominee Nation’s new chairwoman is set to deliver the annual State of the Tribes speech to the Wisconsin Legislature.

Menominee Chairman Craig Corn was expected to give the speech in the state Assembly chamber Thursday, but the tribe announced Monday that its legislature has elected Laurie Boivin to replace him as the tribe’s leader. Boivin was elected to the tribal legislature in January.

The speech comes as the Menominee is trying to persuade Gov. Scott Walker to approve plans for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha.

Last year’s address turned contentious after speaker Gordon Thayer, then the Lac Courte Oreilles (LA’-coot-oh-ray) chairman, accused state officials of spreading misinformation about spearfishing and criticized GOP lawmakers for passing a bill relaxing the state’s iron mining regulations. Rep. Bill Kramer walked out.

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