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Oneida Nation casino reopens today after traditional recovery from shootings

Date published: May 6, 2021, 01: 08 hrs.

Last updated: May 6, 2021, 11: 15 hrs.

Ed Silverstein

The Oneida Casino Main-Airport gaming site and Irene Moore Activity Center bingo hall will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday. They were closed after a tribal casino complex in Wisconsin was the site of a deadly shooting over the weekend.

The shooter was shot dead by police at the scene
The Oneida Nation held a traditional healing ceremony at the Oneida Casino complex. It included burning tobacco and smudging the complex building and tribal members. The complex was the site of a deadly shooting this past weekend. (Photo: Green Bay Press-Gazette )

The West Mason, Packerland and Travel Center complex casinos were also closed after the shooting. They reopened Sunday.

On Wednesday, the Oneida Nation held a traditional healing ceremony at the Oneida Casino complex. It included burning tobacco and smudging the complex building and tribal members.

Traditional purification

Oneida Nation president Tehassi Hill told WLUK, a local television station, that the ceremony helps "unite our community and employees and clean up this area through the smudging process and this tobacco burning.

We wanted to make sure we approached all of our employees and the community in a balanced way. Making sure we cared for their physical, emotional and spiritual health " Hill added.

The ceremony was conducted in the Oneida language. It was also translated into English, said WLUK .

The restaurant where two employees were fatally shot by an assailant is known as Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar. It is located in the Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre, which is adjacent to the tribal casino. The property is located near Green Bay.

A third person was seriously injured by the attacker near the restaurant. The gunman was later shot dead by police at the scene.

The tribe has made counselors available to staff at the casino complex. "Our goal is to help our team by providing the support and services needed at the beginning of the healing process," said Radisson Hotel General Manager Steve Ninham.

The shooter was the subject of a restraining order

In recent days, it was revealed that a judge had issued a restraining order and a one-year injunction against the shooter, WBAY , reported another local TV station.

The shooter was fired by the restaurant. Another employee requested a restraining order.

The harassed employee received text messages and emails. The correspondence contained threats and even showed pictures of her home Added by WLUK , threats were also made against the victim's loved ones .

The shooter was barred from entering the restaurant building, WLUK , citing police sources.

On Saturday evening, the attacker went to a waitressing station at a restaurant. He then shot two employees, police reported. He was at close range.

Three Green Bay police officers are believed to have fired at the gunman during a confrontation on the first floor parking ramp on the east side of the casino complex, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette .

"The recent shooting at the Oneida Nation casino in Wisconsin is a reminder that there is always the possibility that a disgruntled/fired employee will commit or threaten a deadly act," said Robert Jarvis, a professor at Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad College of Law Asked about the incident.

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