An artist's rendering, from 2012, that shows a proposed casino at the former Atokad racetrack in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The Winnebago Tribe plans to open an events center named Atokad Park at the site.
The economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is supporting a gaming amendment on the November ballot. The Horse Race Wagering Amendment authorizes electronic betting on historical horse races. If it's approved, Ho-Chunk Inc could open a gaming facility at a former racetrack called Atokad Downs. "We've done some initial polling and the numbers are very favorable for passage of the amendment," Lance Morgan, a tribal member who serves as president and CEO of HCI, told the Associated Press. Nebraska is one of the few states where casino-style gambling remains illegal. The state has refused to negotiate Class III compacts with tribes. Get the Story:
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