Forest County Potawatomi Open Computer Data Center


The Forest County Potawatomi tribe has opened the first Native American-owned large computer data center in Wisconsin.

Native American tribes continue to diversify the way they invest profits from casinos. In Milwaukee, on trust land a few miles from their gaming hall, the Forest County Potawatomi have built a $33 million wholesale data center that can house other companies’ computer data needs. Potawatomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford says the tribe believes it has a very adaptable site.

“A data center in the cloud…if you build it right, you should be able to keep up with the technology and that’s exactly what is happening in this facility.”

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Ten people work at the new data center. An Illinois company is the first major tenant of the building. A bipartisan group of public officials, including Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett attended the opening of the Potawatomi facility.