Ho-Chunk Nation remains opposed to rival casinos within territory

A sign at the Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells location. Photo from Facebook

The Ho-Chunk Nation remains opposed to other casinos within its aboriginal territory, President Jon Greendeer said.

The tribe operates six gaming facilities in Wisconsin. The proposed Menominee Nation off-reservation casino falls within Ho-Chunk territory, according to Greendeer.

“We don’t have a position against the Menominee casino project – we have a position that is generally applicable to the Menominee tribe that southern Wisconsin is Ho-Chunk territory,” Greendeer told The Jackson County Chronicle. “There’s really nothing formal that says we oppose the Menominee project, but what there is is a position that objects to any tribe coming into Ho-Chunk territory.”

However, the Ho-Chunk Nation and the state have come to an understanding regarding the Menominee Nation's proposed $800 million off-reservation casino in Kenosha. The Ho-Chunks will be relieved of revenue sharing payments under its Class III gaming compact if the new development ever opens.

"We estimate the Ho-Chunk Nation may be relieved of future revenue sharing payments a few years after a fully operational Kenosha casino opens," Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch wrote in a memo that Gov. Scott Walker (R) sent to lawmakers who asked about the status of the Menominee Nation casino.

The Ho-Chunk gaming facility nearest to Kenosha is in Madison. That's about 95 miles away from the Menominee site.

Artist's rendering of the proposed Menominee Nation off-reservation casino. Image from Casino Kenosha

Get the Story:
Ho-Chunk oppose Kenosha casino (The Jackson County Chronicle 9/4)
Casino issue heats up in thick of governor's race (Gannett Wisconsin Media 9/4)

An Opinion:
Editorial: Take note: Poll supports casino (The Beloit Daily News 9/4)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents:
Press Release | Fact Sheet: Menominee Nation Decision | Section 20 Determination: Menominee Nation Off-Reservation Casino

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