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Ho-Chunk Nation defends legality of casino project in Wisconsin


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The Ho-Chunk Nation broke ground on an expansion of its gaming facility in Wittenberg, Wisconsin, on September 21, 2016. Photo by Ho-Chunk Nation

The Ho-Chunk Nation is firing back as part a dispute over a gaming project Wisconsin.

The tribe is spending $33 million to expand its casino in Wittenberg. But the project complies with the Class III gaming compact because the gaming portion will not take up more than 50 percent of the property, according to a fact sheet released on Tuesday.

"The improvements being done at its Wittenberg facility will create more jobs and have numerous positive economic spin-off effects for local vendors and residents," the tribe said.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Community, however, claims the project violates the compact because the it turns Wittenberg into a full-blown casino. The tribe is withholding $923,000 in revenues from the state and has invoked dispute resolution proceedings in the agreement.

Gov. Scott Walker (R) so far has sided with the Ho-Chunk Nation.

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