Red Cliff chairwoman says Wisconsin tribes divided

Patricia R. DePerry, the chairwoman of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, said Wisconsin tribes are too divided over gaming and other issues.

DePerry, who also serves as president of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, delivered the third annual State of the Tribes to the Wisconsin Legislature on Thursday. She said tribes aren't working together and don't share the same priorities.

"We ourselves need a lot of work as well. We are in a self termination era. Excuse me, we don't need your help to get us there. We are doing it to ourselves," she said, the Associated Press reported.

DePerry said gaming is "tearing us apart." She said the tribes should work together to share gaming profits.

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