Wisconsin Tribe Withholds State Payment over Casino Dispute

Stockbridge-Munsee tribe President Shannon Holsey delivers the annual State of the Tribes address at the state Capitol in Madison, April 4, 2017. (WLUK/Courtney Ryan)

BOWLER, Wis. (AP) – Officials with the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe say they did not make a casino payment due to the state last month because of a dispute regarding another tribe’s expansion.

A tribal official tells WLUK-TV that the tribe withheld a $923,000 payment.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe operates the North Star Mohican Casino and Resort in Bowler. The tribe argues the $33 million expansion of the Ho-Chunk casino 17 miles away in Wittenberg is a violation of both federal law and the Ho-Chunk Nation’s casino state compact.

The state Department of Administration determined in September that the Ho-Chunk expansion does not violate its compact with the state. The expansion will increase the number of slot machines and add an area with high-limit gambling, as well as an 86-room hotel and 84-seat restaurant and bar.

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