Tribes object to Ho-Chunk casino expansion east of Wausau

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two Wisconsin Indian tribes have raised concerns about another tribe’s expansion of a once-limited gambling hall into a larger casino and hotel east of Wausau.

The Stockbridge-Munsee and Menominee tribes say allowing the expansion of Ho-Chunk Wittenberg goes against the past criteria for growth in gambling that Gov. Scott Walker established and used to block a casino the Menominee sought in Kenosha.

The Ho-Chunk and Walker say Wisconsin doesn’t have the authority to intervene in this case because the Ho-Chunk are staying within the letter of a 2003 compact with the state.

Stockbridge-Munsee president Shannon Holsey and general counsel Dennis Puzz say they don’t think the Walker administration fully grasps the potential for the expansion to lead to more expansions by the Ho-Chunk and at least two other tribes at casinos that aren’t currently major sites.

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