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EDITORIAL: Casino expansion objections sound familiar

A news item jumped out at us Monday due to the familiarity of its storyline: One of Wisconsin’s American Indian tribes wants to expand its casino operations, and another tribe objects to that proposal.

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10/18/2019

article Ho-Chunk's Illinois casino plan gets backing
(Illinois) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation may not have the go-ahead to proceed on its Beloit casino plan just yet, but the tribe is getting all the right signals for an Illinois...

10/17/2019

article Ho-Chunk sees support for Illinois casino
(Illinois) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation’s proposed casino development in Illinois may be moving faster than it’s Beloit plan. The Village of Lynwood, Illinois...

10/11/2019

article Wisconsin tribe unveils casino plans in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The proposal calls for the facility to be built on land Ho-Chunk Nation, which operates casinos in Wisconsin, owns just east of Illinois 394 and north of...

10/9/2019

article Ho-Chunk exploring Illinois casino project
(Illinois) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation says it is committed to continue work on its Beloit casino-resort plan as it remains pending at the federal level, while looking to...
article Ho-Chunk Nation eyes Lynwood as site of south suburban casino
(Illinois) -- Ho-Chunk Nation, which operates casinos in Wisconsin, has entered the competition for a gambling license in the south suburbs, unveiling plans Wednesday...

10/8/2019

article Ho-Chunk exploring Illinois casino project
(Illinois) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation says it is committed to continue work on its Beloit casino-resort plan as it remains pending at the federal level, while looking to...
article Ho-Chunk National eyes casino in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is apparently exploring construction another casino in Illinois. This would be in addition to the proposed casino-resort in Beloit that...
article Lynwood enters south suburban casino race with Ho-Chunk proposal
(Illinois) -- A second south suburb has put its cards on the table with a bid to land the area’s long-coveted, newly authorized casino. Lynwood village board...

9/25/2019

article ‘These spaces are sacred’: Ho-Chunk speaker urges mindfulness, reverence of campus indigenous sites
(Wisconsin) -- Politics and social structures tend to divide us, but our shared reverence for the land and its history can be the bond that unites us, Samantha...

9/24/2019

article ‘These spaces are sacred:’ Ho-Chunk speaker urges mindfulness, reverence of campus indigenous sites
(Wisconsin) -- Politics and social structures tend to divide us, but our shared reverence for the land and its history can be the bond that unites us, Samantha...

9/16/2019

article Ho-Chunk CEO: Expanded gaming and horse races would boost rural Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- If Nebraska voters approve of expanded gaming in 2020, Ho-Chunk CEO Lance Morgan says it'd be a win for rural Nebraskans. A group led by Ho-Chunk Inc....

8/28/2019

article Unknown entity warns Nebraskans against signing gambling, medical marijuana petitions
(Nebraska) -- A mysterious entity calling itself the Alliance for the Pure Life is sending out postcards warning people that their private information could be at risk...

8/8/2019

article Ho-Chunk Nation Language Division’s Rapid Word Collection Workshop Helps Revitalize An Endangered Language
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation Language Division partnered up with The Language Conservancy (TLC) organization to help revitalize our endangered language.

7/19/2019

article Ho-Chunk Nation responds to proposed Hard Rock casino: 'It's going to make the region a powerhouse'
(Wisconsin) -- While the Ho-Chunk nation waits for approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the city of Rockford is hearing ideas for its casino. On Tuesday Hard Rock...
article Ho-Chunk Nation ends negotiations with Meteor Timber
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation has notified Meteor Timber that it is withdrawing from negotiations for consideration of their $75M frac sand facility. Throughout...

7/18/2019

article Petition to allow casino gambling at horse tracks set to hit the streets in Nebraska soon
(Nebraska) -- Petitions to allow casino gambling at state-licensed horse tracks in Nebraska are expected to hit the streets next week. The launch of signature gathering...

6/29/2019

article President Marlon WhiteEagle hopes to bring transparency to Ho-Chunk government
(Wisconsin) -- Marlon WhiteEagle decided to run for president of the Ho-Chunk Nation after being fired from his job as editor of the tribal newspaper, Hocak Worak, when...

6/25/2019

article 'From ignorance to awareness': UW-Madison sign recognizes land as Ho-Chunk's ancestral home
(Wisconsin) -- Recognition of an often forgotten or glossed-over part of Wisconsin history is at the heart of a new sign on UW-Madison’s campus. Chancellor Rebecca...

6/24/2019

article 'From ignorance to awareness': UW-Madison sign recognizes land as Ho-Chunk's ancestral home
(Wisconsin) -- Recognition of an often forgotten or glossed-over part of Wisconsin history is at the heart of a new sign on UW-Madison’s campus. Chancellor Rebecca...
article UW-Madison erects new plaque honoring Ho-Chunk tribe
(Wisconsin) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison is setting up a new marker recognizing the campus as the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk tribe. The university...

6/2/2019

article Ho-Chunk Nation makes major progress on off-reservation casino
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is celebrating another milestone in its long-running quest for an off-reservation casino in Wisconsin. Notice of the final...

5/11/2019

article Take a look at the contemporary designs for Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison’s proposed expansion
(Wisconsin) -- When many people think “casino,” a certain aesthetic comes mind, said Peter Tan, executive vice president at Strang, a Madison architecture,...

5/10/2019

article Ho-Chunk Nation still expecting federal casino action soon
(Wisconsin) -- A Ho-Chunk Nation representative said Thursday while there's no definitive date for federal action on the tribe's Beloit casino-resort development...

5/1/2019

article Appellate Judges confirm Ho-Chunk lawsuit dismissal
(Wisconsin) -- An appellate panel has thrown out the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans case against the expansion of the Ho-Chunk Nation's casino in Wittenberg....
article Seventh Circuit Dismisses Inter-Tribal Fight Over Casino Expansion
(Wisconsin) -- The Seventh Circuit affirmed Tuesday that a Wisconsin-based Native American tribe waited too long to try to block the expansion of a nearby casino run by...

4/30/2019

article Appellate Judges Affirm Tribal Casino Lawsuit Dismissal
(Wisconsin) -- A federal appellate panel has affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a northern Wisconsin tribe's lawsuit seeking to block a rival tribe...

4/12/2019

article Gambling with the Good Life Will Fight Latest Expanded Gambling Petition Effort
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska gambling opponents say they are once again ready to fight off the latest petition attempt to allow casino gambling in Nebraska.
article Ho-Chunk & Horsemen Hope Voters Will Approve Nebraska Casinos
(Nebraska) -- Ho-Chunk, Inc. and the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Association are partnering to try and bring an expanded gambling issue to Nebraska...

4/11/2019

article 'Gaming is here': Tribal corporation makes another go at ballot
(Nebraska) -- A tribal corporation in Nebraska is rolling the dice once again, betting voters will approve expanded gambling. Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development arm...
article Ballot initiative filed to expand Nebraska gambling
(Nebraska) -- A proposed ballot initiative filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State would allow voters to decide whether to expand gambling at state-licensed horse...
article Casino backers revive ballot campaign to legalize gambling
(Nebraska) -- Groups that want to legalize casino gambling in Nebraska are reviving a petition drive that seeks to put the issue before voters next year. The campaign...
article Ho-Chunk, Nebraska horsemen take first step on petition to allow casino gambling at horse tracks
(Nebraska) -- Ho-Chunk Inc. and the Nebraska horsemen are moving forward with a petition drive aimed at allowing casino gambling at state-licensed horse racetracks....
article Ho-Chunk-led group to try again to pass casino gambling for Nebraska horse tracks
(Nebraska) -- After rolling snake eyes three years ago, Ho-Chunk Inc. is making another big bet to bring casino gambling to South Sioux City and other Nebraska cities.
article Initiative would authorize casino gambling at Nebraska race tracks
(Nebraska) -- A proposed constitutional amendment authorizing casino gambling at Nebraska horse race tracks may be on the general election ballot in 2020.

4/8/2019

article Truman Lowe, acclaimed Ho-Chunk artist and professor emeritus, dies at 75
(Wisconsin) -- UW–Madison alumnus and Professor Emeritus Truman Lowe (Wakajah), an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are deeply rooted in his Ho-Chunk...

4/5/2019

article Ho-Chunk Inc. CEO Launches Tribally Owned Law Firm (sub req)
(Wisconsin) -- The chief executive of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's development arm, Ho-Chunk Inc., said he has launched a new law firm that is 100%-owned by...

3/30/2019

article Police respond to casino with guns drawn in case of mistaken identity
(Wisconsin) -- Madison police and Dane County sheriff's deputies responded to Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison with their guns drawn following a report that a person making...

3/7/2019

article How Many Casinos Could The Southern Wisconsin & Northern Illinois Market Support?
(Wisconsin) -- There could be a casino coming to Beloit. The Ho-Chunk Nation is seeking federal approval for the plan, but the final decision would be up to Democratic...

3/4/2019

article Expansions announced for Ho-Chunk Village
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has announced some award-winning expansion plans for the Ho-Chunk Village. This week, the Nebraska Chapter of the American...

2/25/2019

article Ho-Chunk Nation celebrates deep roots in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- One of only eleven federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin, the Ho-Chunk Nation's roots run deep in the Badger State. "For the Ho-Chunk, though...

2/13/2019

article Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison to Present Plans to Grow in Size & Scope to City’s Urban Design Commission
(Wisconsin) -- Collaboration is the theme of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison’s relationship with the city of Madison, Wisconsin. On February 13, the Tribal gaming arm will...

2/10/2019

article Ho-Chunk detail plans for cultural, entertainment district
(Wisconsin) -- After years of study, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison is proposing a major expansion of its casino, a hotel, heritage center, conference center, restaurants and...

2/8/2019

article State acknowledges Ho-Chunk compact OKs another casino
(Wisconsin) -- A state report authored by the Walker administration during the transition to Gov. Tony Evers acknowledges the Ho-Chunk Nation is entitled to one more...

2/6/2019

article Ho-Chunk detail plans for cultural, entertainment district
(Wisconsin) -- After years of study, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison is proposing a major expansion of its casino, a hotel, heritage center, conference center, restaurants and...

1/23/2019

article Police: Baraboo casino homicide suspect Robert Pulvermacher arrested in Madison
(Wisconsin) -- A Middleton man being sought for the murder of an 88-year-old man in a casino parking lot Jan. 13 has been arrested in Madison. Robert Pulvermacher, 68,...

1/22/2019

article Complaint: Man found dead in casino lot stabbed in neck, back; suspect owed victim $100
(Wisconsin) -- A man who was found dead in a casino parking lot had been stabbed, according to a document filed in Sauk County court this week. Robert M. Pulvermacher,...
article Family, friends remember Baraboo casino stabbing victim as man 'liked by everyone that he knew'
(Wisconsin) -- A week ago Sunday, Harold Johnson stopped by his daughter Lori Udelhofen’s house before planning to go out to Ho-Chunk Casino that night. While...

1/21/2019

article Prosecutors file homicide charges in Baraboo casino death
(Wisconsin) -- Sauk County authorities have filed formal charges against a man they suspect of carrying out a homicide at a casino near Baraboo. The Sauk County District...

1/17/2019

article Search for suspect continues; Authorities ID man killed in casino parking lot
(Wisconsin) -- Authorities have identified a Portage man found dead in a Sauk County casino parking lot. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said 88-year-old Harold A....
article Sheriff: Ho-Chunk Casino murder victim identified, was a 'senseless and cowardly act'
(Wisconsin) -- Calling it a "senseless and cowardly act," Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister has released the identity of the homicide victim found Monday in a parking lot...

1/16/2019

article Death of man outside casino investigated as homicide
(Wisconsin) -- Sheriff’s officials say the death of a man whose body was found in a casino parking lot in Sauk County is being investigated as a homicide. Sauk...
article Suspected casino killer is a former prison escapee
(Wisconsin) -- A man sought after a man was killed in the parking lot of the Ho-Chunk Casino near Wisconsin Dells on Monday has an extensive criminal history. Robert...
article Ho-Chunk casino focuses on security, helping investigators after homicide
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin casino is working to help investigators find a killer and make sure their customers feel safe. A man in his 80’s was found murdered in...

1/15/2019

article Authorities search for suspect after person found dead in Ho-Chunk casino parking lot
(Wisconsin) -- Authorities need your help to find a man wanted in connection to the death of a person found in a casino parking lot. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister...
article Missing man found dead in casino lot; Sauk County Sheriff says it's a homicide
(Wisconsin) -- A man reported missing from his Sauk County home on Monday was found dead in his car behind the Ho-Chunk Casino near Baraboo, and police are calling the...

1/8/2019

article Drunken drivers hit flagpole at casino, tree, deputies say
(Wisconsin) -- Two people were arrested on drunken driving charges Sunday in Sauk County after hitting a flagpole in a casino parking lot and a tree, deputies said. Sauk...

12/7/2018

article Public input on casino plan sought
(Wisconsin) -- Members of the public will have a chance to weigh in on the Ho-Chunk Nation's Beloit resort-casino plan at a public hearing set for Tuesday. A public...

11/20/2018

press release Ho-Chunk Nation General Council Approves Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment
(Wisconsin) -- On Saturday, the General Council of the Ho-Chunk Nation voted overwhelmingly – 86.9% in favor – to amend their tribal constitution to enshrine...

9/27/2018

article Tribal Battle against Wisconsin Ho-Chunk Nation Casino Expansion Inches Forward
(Wisconsin) -- Tribal gambling development across the state of Wisconsin has been among the hot topics over the span of more than a year, as the Ho-Chunk Nation’s...

9/7/2018

article How the Ho-Chunk Nation Beat the Odds and Made a Comeback
(Wisconsin) -- After contact with Europeans in the 17 th century, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin was reduced from thousands of people to hundreds by disease,...

8/30/2018

article Former tribal chair visits Fort Atkinson
(Iowa) -- Chloris Lowe, the Ho-Chunk Nation former chairman and president, and Christine Wellman Hall, archaeologist, made a recent visit to the historic Fort Atkinson...

8/17/2018

article Nebraska’s Ho-Chunk & HBPA Attempting To Legalise Gambling
(Nebraska) -- The Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association are once again getting together with Ho-Chunk Inc. in an attempt to legalize casino...

8/15/2018

article Ho-Chunk, horsemen launch another petition drive to allow casinos, possibly sports betting, in Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska horsemen will again saddle up an effort with Ho-Chunk Inc., to allow casino gambling, and possibly sports betting, at the state’s...

8/12/2018

article SOS: Ho-Chunk reneges on returning lost money to man who found it
(Wisconsin) -- Any business that brings in hundreds of millions of dollars a year can probably stand to part with the occasional C-note if it means keeping its word to a...

8/7/2018

press release Ho-Chunk Wisconsin Dells introduces brand new ETG pit
(Wisconsin) -- Luxury gaming manufacturer and electronic table game (ETG) producer Interblock has announced the placement of a 19-seat ETG pit including games from its...

7/16/2018

article Angry gambler shatters slot machine glass, injures man at Ho-Chunk Casino, authorities report
(Wisconsin) -- A man was injured at the Ho-Chunk Casino in Madison on Thursday night when he was hit with glass from a slot machine shattered by another man, the Madison...
article Man slams slot machine at Ho-Chunk Casino out of frustration
(Wisconsin) -- After a man won a jackpot on a slot machine at Ho-Chunk Casino on Thursday evening, he slammed the machine in frustration when he found out the payout...

7/11/2018

article Ho-Chunk helps feed cranes at Foundation in Baraboo
(Wisconsin) -- There are helpful neighbors, and then there’s Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. The casino takes the meaning of helpful neighbor to a whole-new level...
article Casino expansion to produce local jobs
(Wisconsin) -- A casino's multi-million dollar expansion will also expand the Wisconsin job market. Ho Chunk Gaming Witternberg held a ribbon-cutting ceremony...
article Ho-Chunk helps feed cranes at Foundation in Baraboo
(Wisconsin) -- There are helpful neighbors, and then there’s Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. The casino takes the meaning of helpful neighbor to a whole-new level...

7/10/2018

article Ho-Chunk Gaming prepares for grand opening of Wittenberg casino expasnion
(Wisconsin) -- Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wittenberg will celebrate their grand opening after a recent expansion, something a rival tribe passionately fought to prevent from...

7/3/2018

article Ho-Chunk’s Top Scholars Travel to South Dakota During End-Of-The-Year Incentive Trip
(South Dakota) -- Eleven middle school and high school students earned a free trip to South Dakota this month, thanks to an incentive program sponsored by the Division...
article Ho-Chunk teaches history through dances in the Dells
(Wisconsin) -- Dancing and oral history are important to Ho-Chunk Nation since they don’t have history books about themselves. The Wasira Native Dance Show, a free...

6/28/2018

article Wisconsin, Ho-Chunk Nation Fight Appeal In Casino Row (sub req)
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin and the Ho-Chunk Nation on Wednesday both urged the Seventh Circuit to reject the Stockbridge-Munsee Community's bid to revive its lawsuit...

6/19/2018

article DNR to review ruling in favor of Ho-Chunk Nation in frac sand dispute
(Wisconsin) -- A planned review by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources jeopardizes a victory for the Ho-Chunk Nation and environmentalists fighting a frac-sand...

5/23/2018

article Wisconsin high court backing Ho-Chunk, protecting burial sites
(Wisconsin) -- A concrete company can’t dig up American Indian burial mounds located within its southern Wisconsin quarry, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday...

5/22/2018

article Deadlocked state Supreme Court decision protects effigy mounds
(Wisconsin) -- A group of Native American effigy mounds located within a quarry southeast of Madison will remain protected by the state after a divided Wisconsin Supreme...
article State’s high court backs Ho-Chunk, protects burial sites
(Wisconsin) -- A concrete company can’t dig up American Indian burial mounds located within its southern Wisconsin quarry, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday...
article Tie vote at Wisconsin Supreme Court protects Native American burial site
(Wisconsin) -- Native American burial mounds within a quarry outside of Madison will remain protected after a tie vote at the Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Appeals...

5/8/2018

article Ho-Chunk Gaming Dells celebrates grand re-opening
(Wisconsin) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony, fireworks show and other fun activities are scheduled to celebrate the completion of 18-months of renovations on May 11 at Ho-...

5/3/2018

article Indian Mission Church Shares Ho-Chunk History
(Wisconsin) -- Tribal members have heard of the Indian Mission, but few know or take time to understand the history of the church at the center of it. The church was...

4/24/2018

article Ho-Chunk Files Federal Lawsuit Against Nebraska Over Tribal Tobacco Industry
(Nebraska) -- Ho-Chunk Incorporated and two affiliated entities have filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Nebraska, alleging that the state is attempting to...
article Tribe entities sue Nebraska officials for tobacco regulation
(Nebraska) -- A Native American tribe is suing Nebraska officials, alleging that the state's regulation of the reservation's tobacco production is...

3/26/2018

article Ho-Chunk Member Sharice Davids Looking to Become First Native American Woman Elected to Congress
(Kansas) -- Ho-Chunk member Sharice Davids recently announced her candidacy for a seat on the U.S. House of Representatives for the Third District in Kansas. She is...

3/8/2018

article Ho-Chunk Nation Looks Into Supportive Housing for Tribal Members
(Minnesota) -- Members of Ho-Chunk’s Tribal Coordinating Committee toured supportive housing in Duluth last month, to learn the ins and outs of operating a...

3/4/2018

article Secret hate group bent on banishing Ho-Chunk Indians in 1863
(Minnesota) -- Thanks to a 149-year-old "tin box" time capsule and a 10-month-old master's thesis, we now know about a short-lived, secret society in...

2/14/2018

article Casino hotel expansion looks to boost area economy
(Wisconsin) -- A hotel expansion in our area hopes to increase tourism for the surrounding community. Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls held a grand opening Wednesday...

2/6/2018

article City re-approves Ho-Chunk agreement
(Wisconsin) -- The Beloit City Council re-approved an intergovernmental agreement between with Ho-Chunk Nation for the casino in resort plan currently under review at...

2/5/2018

article Federal Judge Dismisses Tribe's Lawsuit over Ho-Chunk Casino
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has dismissed a northern Wisconsin tribe's lawsuit over the expansion of a rival tribe's casino. U.S. District Judge James...

2/4/2018

article Federal case over cigarette bootlegging law looms over Ho-Chunk raid
(Wisconsin) -- A dispute over a law designed to remedy interstate cigarette bootlegging was one of the flash points surrounding a federal raid on the Winnebago Indian...

2/3/2018

article Federal judge dismisses tribe's lawsuit over Ho-Chunk casino
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has dismissed a northern Wisconsin tribe's lawsuit over the expansion of a rival tribe's casino. U.S. District Judge James...

2/2/2018

article Judge dismisses northern Wisconsin tribe's lawsuit against state and gaming rival
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a northern Wisconsin Indian tribe’s lawsuit against another tribe and the state of Wisconsin over the expansion...
article Wisconsin Ducks Tribe’s Claims Over Rival Casino [sub req'd]
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin federal judge on Friday nixed claims brought against the state by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in its challenge to the Ho-Chunk Nation...

1/7/2018

article Wisconsin students work on book about Ho-Chunk culture
(Wisconsin) -- In a cross-cultural literary feat two years in the making, a class of dual-language immersion students at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison has helped...

11/16/2017

article Ho-Chunk casino adds more gaming, hotel and restaurant to come
(Wisconsin) -- Visitors to Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wittenberg will notice changes taking place on the casino's grounds — the makings of a new building outside, the...

11/12/2017

article Patrol: Repeat DUI offender is high, rams 3 cars outside Wis. casino with child along
(Wisconsin) -- A driver with a long history of driving under the influence went on a bumper-car rampage outside a Wisconsin casino while high and with a 3-year-old along...

11/6/2017

article Ho-Chunk Nation holds ribbon cutting for casino expansion
(Wisconsin) -- After winning a major victory in federal court on October 25, the Ho-Chunk Nation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg casino...

11/3/2017

article Groundbreaking In Wittenberg For Ho-Chunk Gaming Facility
(Wisconsin) -- Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new expansions. LeAnthony Pecore, Senior Manager of Public Relations, explains what...
article Ho-Chunk Breaks the Binds Holding Tribes Back
(Wisconsin) -- “I love that I took economics, but it wasn’t on purpose,” explained the self-effacing Ho-Chunk CEO Lance Morgan, “It just had the...

11/2/2017

article New Ho-Chunk Expansion Opens
(Wisconsin) -- Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new expansions. LeAnthony Pecore, Senior Manager of Public Relations, explains what...

11/1/2017

article Ho-Chunk holds ribbon cutting for new casino expansion
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk tribe cut the ribbon on its new additions after $33 million worth of work at its facility. The new facility includes a three meal restaurant...

10/31/2017

article Judge says lawsuit 3 years too late to block Ho-Chunk casino expansion
(Wisconsin) -- In Wisconsin, U.S. District Judge James Peterson’s ruling on Wednesday all but clears the way for the Ho-Chunk Nation to open the $33 million...

10/27/2017

article Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on Ho-Chunk Casino Expansion
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has dismissed the Ho-Chunk Nation and its plans for local casino expansion from the lawsuit filed by the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe.

10/26/2017

article Ho-Chunk Nation dismissed from casino expansion lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has sided with the Ho-Chunk Nation and its casino-expansion plans in a lawsuit filed by the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe. U.S. District Judge...
article Judge sides with Ho-Chunk in casino dispute with Stockbridge-Munsee
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has sided with the Ho-Chunk Nation and its casino expansion plans in a lawsuit filed by the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe.
article Judge Won’t Block Wisconsin Tribe’s Contested Casino Expansion
(Wisconsin) -- Ruling against another tribe, a federal judge in Wisconsin held Wednesday that the Ho-Chunk Nation can move forward with a casino expansion because the...

10/25/2017

article Judge deals setback to lawsuit to block Ho-Chunk casino expansion
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge dealt a near-fatal blow Wednesday to one Wisconsin tribe's lawsuit against another, likely clearing the way for the Ho-Chunk Nation to...
article Judge dismisses Ho-Chunk Nation from lawsuit over northern Wisconsin casino expansion
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the Ho-Chunk Nation from a lawsuit by a rival tribe protesting the expansion of the Ho-Chunk Nation's expansion...

10/18/2017

article Study shows Madison, partners could build profitable regional sports complex
(Wisconsin) -- Madison can support a $38.3 million sports complex spread across 74 acres on Madison’s southeast side, according to a recent study, but it would be...

10/5/2017

article Major sports complex in Madison could generate millions, study says
(Wisconsin) -- Madison and partners can create a $38.3 million sports complex with indoor and outdoor fields and parking on 74 acres on the Southeast Side that will turn...

9/11/2017

article Ho-Chunk's Hire Washington, DC Lobbyists [2nd Item]
(Washington D.C.) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin, has hired the law and lobbying firm Husch Blackwell. The Ho-Chunk Nation is in a legal...

8/28/2017

article Ho-Chunk Nation Seeks Win In Wis. Spat Over Gambling Pacts [sub req]
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation urged a Wisconsin federal judge Friday to toss a suit by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community seeking to block the Ho-Chunk tribe’s...

8/18/2017

article State gives contingent approval of $13.5 million for Sioux City projects
(Iowa) -- The state economic development board on Friday approved $13.5 million in state financial assistance toward a series of proposed Sioux City projects totaling $...

8/5/2017

article Excitement surrounds expansion of Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls
(Wisconsin) -- After several months of construction, the Ho-Chunk Gaming Casino in Black River Falls opened up a casino addition July 25. This is the first section in...

8/2/2017

article Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls opens up new expansion
(Wisconsin) -- After several months of construction, the Ho-Chunk Gaming Casino in Black River Falls opened up their new casino addition last Tuesday. This is the first...

7/27/2017

article Jackson County suit to determine whether Ho-Chunk president is a felon
(Wisconsin) -- A judge will decide whether whether Ho-Chunk Nation President Wilfrid Cleveland was convicted of a felony in 1972. On May 2, Gary Funmaker filed a lawsuit...

7/25/2017

article Lawsuit filed in Jackson County to determine whether Ho-Chunk president is a felon
(Wisconsin) -- It could be a couple of weeks before the courts decide if Ho-Chunk Nation President Wilfrid Cleveland was convicted of a felony in 1972, putting his...

7/22/2017

article Ho-Chunk Nation sees more support for off-reservation casino in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation enjoys strong support for an off-reservation casino in Wisconsin that's been in the works for years. Members of Congress, state...

7/21/2017

article State, federal reps support Beloit casino plan
(Wisconsin) -- After a promising meeting between local interests involved in the Ho-Chunk Nation casino plan for Beloit at the federal level in Washington, D.C. last...

6/24/2017

article Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig Signs with Milwaukee Bucks for Chance for NBA Spot
(Wisconsin) -- Bronson Koenig, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation and former standout Wisconsin Badger basketball star, has agreed to sign a two-way contract with...

6/17/2017

article Bronson Koenig Works Out with L.A. Clippers and Houston Rockets, Lakers to follow
(Wisconsin) -- Over a four-year college basketball career, Ho-Chunk point guard Bronson Koenig became one of the most decorated players in Wisconsin Badgers basketball...

6/5/2017

article New Ho-Chunk Nation sign greets passers-by on Milwaukee in Jefferson Park
(Illinois) -- The Chicago branch office of the Ho-Chunk Nation at 4738 N. Milwaukee Ave. has become more visible to passers-by thanks to the recent installation of a new...

5/21/2017

article Ho-Chunk Nation urges judge to reject casino lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk filed a brief Thursday contending that the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans' preliminary injunction demand is an extraordinary remedy...
article Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig Injures Left Ankle in Pre-draft Workout with Milwaukee Bucks
(Wisconsin) -- Bronson Koenig (Ho-Chunk Nation) was sidelined on Thursday because he rolled his left ankle during a pre-draft workout with the Milwaukee Bucks.

5/20/2017

article Dispute Continues Over Wittenberg Gaming Facility
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho Chunk Indians have urged a federal court to let the tribe continue an expansion of its small casino near Wittenberg. The nearby Stockbridge Munsee...

5/19/2017

article Ho-Chunk Nation urges judge to reject casino lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is urging a federal judge to reject a rival tribe's lawsuit tribe seeking to halt the Ho-Chunk's plans to expand a northern...
article Ho-Chunk Nation Urges Judge to Reject Casino Lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is pushing back against a rival tribe's lawsuit seeking to halt the Ho-Chunk's plans to expand a northern Wisconsin casino,...

5/16/2017

article Ho Chunk completes first phase of casino upgrade
(Wisconsin) -- Ho Chunk Casino has a new area for gamers to enjoy. The casino held a ceremony May 11 to celebrate the first phase of its upgrade project. “I am...

5/5/2017

article Neitzel: The state has an obligation to uphold the tribal compacts
(Wisconsin) -- In 2003, the Ho-Chunk Nation signed a compact with the state of Wisconsin that allows for expanded gaming in Wittenberg. The terms of the Ho-Chunk Nation...

5/3/2017

article Ho-Chunk Nation and BRMH join forces on drug testing
(Wisconsin) -- A new program recently sprung up as a partnership between the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Black River Falls Memorial Hospital to cover a need in the community...

4/23/2017

article Wisconsin Tribes Clash in Casino Expansion Fight
(Wisconsin) -- At 85, Betty Putnam-Schiel has trouble standing, but she gets along well enough in her home on the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans' northern...

4/21/2017

article Ho-Chunk: Casino lawsuit is damaging inter-tribal relations
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation issued a sharply worded rebuke Thursday to a lawsuit seeking to block its casino expansion in Shawano County, saying the dispute is...

4/18/2017

article New Madison City Council seated, including first Native American member Arvina Martin
(Wisconsin) -- Madison City Council members took the oath of office at a noontime ceremony Tuesday at the City-County Building. New Ald. Arvina Martin won a race for an...

4/9/2017

article Wisconsin casino fight with Ho-Chunk, Stockbridge-Munsee centers on key date
(Wisconsin) -- The fate of a casino expansion in Shawano County could hinge on a dispute over how long the Ho-Chunk Nation has had possession of the site.

3/25/2017

article Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin Stunned in Sweet 16 By Florida Buzzer Beater
(Wisconsin) -- Koenig (Ho-Chunk) helped his team rally from an 8-point deficit with 1 minute and 44 seconds in regulation. His 13 points helped the Badgers to prolong...

3/23/2017

article Tribe questions state review of Ho-Chunk expansion
(Wisconsin) -- An American Indian tribe is questioning why Gov. Scott Walker’s administration isn’t applying the same criteria to a northern Wisconsin casino...

3/21/2017

article Tribe questions state review of Ho-Chunk expansion
(Wisconsin) -- An American Indian tribe is questioning why Gov. Scott Walker's administration isn't applying the same criteria to a northern Wisconsin casino...

3/12/2017

article Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe Speaks Out
(Wisconsin) -- The Stockbridge-Munsee tribe has stated that they will not be paying the state the nearly one million dollars in revenue payments as a protest to the Ho-...

3/9/2017

article Ho-Chunk Nation Responds to Rival Casino
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation claims that their expansion plans for their Wittenberg casino are well within legal boundaries, despite claims to the contrary from...
article Wisconsin tribe defends Project Forward casino expansion project
(Wisconsin) -- The Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe, now most well-known as the Ho-Chunk Nation, has responded to numerous claims from the rival Stockbridge-Munsee Band Of...

2/27/2017

article Appling: Hope for a dollar?
(Wisconsin) -- “Where else can you buy hope for a dollar?” This sad statement from gamblers shows the level of desperation too many reach in trying to secure...

1/25/2017

article EDITORIAL: Casino expansion objections sound familiar
(Wisconsin) -- A news item jumped out at us Monday due to the familiarity of its storyline: One of Wisconsin’s American Indian tribes wants to expand its casino...

1/24/2017

article Ho-Chunk casino could draw $37 million from other casinos
(Wisconsin) -- A study found an expansion of the Ho-Chunk casino in northern Wisconsin could draw $37 million a year from other American Indian tribes that own casinos...
article Study predicts Wisconsin tribes to lose out from Project Forward
(Wisconsin) -- In Wisconsin, a new economic impact study commissioned by the Stockbridge-Munsee Band Of Mohican Indians has reportedly found that the casino-operating...

1/23/2017

article Lawsuit threatened over casino expansion
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American tribe in northern Wisconsin could take legal action over an expansion of another tribe's casino. A new economic study shows the...

1/22/2017

article Study finds Ho-Chunk expansion could draw $37 million from other casinos
(Wisconsin) -- A Ho-Chunk casino expansion in northern Wisconsin would draw $37 million in gambling revenue per year from other tribes, according to an economic impact...
article Wisconsin tribe says it could lose millions
(Wisconsin) -- A northern Wisconsin tribe says the expansion of another tribe’s casino will cost it millions of dollars and has assembled a national legal team in...

12/26/2016

article Brother vs. Brother vs. Red Tape
(Wisconsin) -- American Indian opposition to a planned casino resort in rural Wisconsin illustrates the complexities facing federal, state and tribal regulators as...

12/9/2016

article City of Madison Honors Original Peoples with Official Ho-Chunk Day
(Wisconsin) -- From now on, the fourth Friday of November will officially be “Ho-Chunk Day” in Madison, Wisconsin. On November 22, 2016, Madison, Wisconsin...

12/1/2016

article BROWN: Ho-Chunk Nation celebrates a new day in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- On Tuesday, November 23, 2016, the City of Madison Common Council adopted a resolution that would henceforth declare the fourth Friday of November “...

11/25/2016

article Friday is Ho-Chunk Day
(Wisconsin) -- It feels especially poignant this year to celebrate a holiday with such popular if not stereotypical connections to Native American culture in a post-...

11/23/2016

article Madison alders designate ‘Ho Chunk Nation Day’
(Wisconsin) -- The day after Thanksgiving has been designated as Ho Chunk Nation Day in Madison. Alder Denise DeMarb fought back tears as she read a resolution that...

10/26/2016

article Tribes object to Ho-Chunk casino expansion
(Wisconsin) -- A small northern Wisconsin Native American tribe is raising alarm about another tribe’s expansion of a once-limited gambling hall into a larger...

10/21/2016

article Other tribes oppose Wittenberg expansion
(Wisconsin) -- Two Wisconsin tribes are worried plans for an expanded Ho-Chunk casino in Wittenberg will take away from their gaming sites. The Stockbridge-Munsee and...

10/20/2016

article Tribes challenge expansion of Ho-Chunk casino
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation has some big plans for its land of highway 45 in Wittenberg. "This is just to fulfill what we planned for from the beginning,...
article Tribes object to Ho-Chunk casino expansion in Shawano County
(Wisconsin) -- Two Wisconsin Indian tribes, including a small northern band, are raising concerns about another tribe’s expansion of a once-limited gambling hall...
article Two Wisconsin tribes object to Ho-Chunk Wittenberg casino expansion
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin’s expansion of its Wittenberg casino has raised concerns with two other Indian tribes in the state who say that it...
article Walker Says He Legally Can't Prevent Ho-Chunk's Casino Expansion
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Scott Walker said there's legally nothing he or his administration can do to prevent the Ho-Chunk Nation from expanding its casino in central...

10/19/2016

article How much revenue do casinos generate?
(Wisconsin) -- Since the advent of tribal casino gambling, the state of Wisconsin, perhaps more than any other in the nation, is a state inundated by Las Vegas-style...
article Two Wisconsin Tribes Oppose Ho-Chunk Casino Expansion
(Wisconsin) -- Some Wisconsin tribes have asked the state Department of Administration to block plans to expand a Ho-Chunk gaming hall into a larger casino with an...
article Wisconsin Ho-Chunk Casino Expansion Challenged by Rival Tribes
(Wisconsin) -- The Wisconsin Ho-Chunk Nation casino expansion currently underway at its Wittenberg facility violates state gaming laws, so says the Stockbridge-Munsee...

10/18/2016

article Casino expansion raises objections
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration is not opposing the expansion of a Ho-Chunk Nation casino northwest of Green Bay, with critics saying that approach...

9/26/2016

article Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe breaks ground on Project Forward
(Wisconsin) -- After announcing its Project Forward expansion venture in mid-August, the Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe has now broke ground on the development scheme for its...

9/24/2016

article Ho-Chunk Gaming breaks ground for expansion projects
(Wisconsin) -- Construction at three of Ho-Chunk Gaming’s sites is set to get under way after officials held groundbreaking ceremonies for the tribe’s $153...

9/21/2016

article Casino celebrates expansion with groundbreaking ceremony
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk nation is going forward with a $153 million expansion project involving three casinos around the state. Wednesday, one of those locations...

9/20/2016

article Ho-Chunk Gaming $153M expansion will include Dells property
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation’s Wisconsin-based gaming empire is expanding. The Nation on Monday announced a $153-million “casino expansion project...

9/12/2016

article Ho-Chunk hosted horse race in South Sioux City in effort to keep casino hopes alive
(Nebraska) -- In order to maintain its long-term goal and racing license, the new Atokad track in Sioux City hosted a brief, live, three-horse race on Saturday.

9/11/2016

article Atokad gallops back into South Sioux City
(Iowa) -- Atokad galloped back into South Sioux City Saturday with a three horse race. The new track-- that is owned by Ho-Chunk Inc.-- must hold at least one live race...

9/10/2016

article Ho-Chunk, Inc. hosts three-horse race at Atokad track in South Sioux City
(Nebraska) -- Ho-Chunk, Inc. hosted a three-horse race at their Atokad race track in South Sioux City on Saturday evening. Three horses competed against each other and...

8/24/2016

article Ho-Chunk Gaming moves ahead with $153M expansions
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation will begin $153 million in expansions and renovations at three of its casino locations starting next month. Ho-Chunk Gaming in Black...

8/23/2016

article Ho Chunk Nation puts $153 million into casino, hotel expansions
(Wisconsin) -- Ho Chunk nation Vice President Darren Brinegar says the tribe is set to begin construction on a $153 million hotel and casino expansion. “We're...

8/22/2016

article $153 million Ho-Chunk gaming expansion includes 120-room hotel in Black River Falls
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation will begin $153 million in expansions and renovations at three casino locations, including Black River Falls, next month. Ho-Chunk...

8/19/2016

article Ho-Chunk to Grow Workforce With $153M Casino Expansion
(Wisconsin) -- Next month the Ho-Chunk Nation is diving into its "Project Forward" — a substantial expansion on its three casinos in Wisconsin.

8/18/2016

article Ho-Chunk adds hotels, expands casinos
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is adding hotels and expanding casinos in Wisconsin. The tribe begins a $153 million building project next month at its gaming...

8/17/2016

article Ho-Chunk to spend $153M for casino expansion, new hotels
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is planning to spend $153 million to expand three of its casino sites in Wisconsin, including the flagship casino in Wisconsin Dells....

8/16/2016

article Ho Chunk expanding at a $153 million cost, despite report of casino stagnation
(Wisconsin) -- While a recent report suggested that the casino gambling market has stagnated in Wisconsin, one tribe is planning A big expansion anyway.
article Ho-Chunk Nation announces casino expansions
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is planning to spend $153 million dollars to renovate and expand three casinos. Work on the “Project Forward” expansions...
article Ho-Chunk to expand Wittenberg casino, add hotel
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation will renovate and expand three of its gaming facilities, including the Wittenberg location. The Black River Falls and Wisconsin Dells...

8/12/2016

article Ho-Chunk Nation secures approval to offer liquor at gaming facility
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is now serving liquor at its gaming facility in Madison, Wisconsin. The tribe worked closely with the city of Madison on the license.

8/10/2016

article Pokemon game prompts Ho-Chunk Nation concerns
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is asking players of a new interactive Pokémon game to be cautious when participating near burial mounds. The Nation started receiving...

7/22/2016

article Ho-Chunk Nation Donates $25,000 to Flood-Ravaged Bad River Ojibwe
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is giving $25,000 to the Bad River Ojibwe, which was ravaged by flooding throughout Wisconsin that prompted Wisconsin Governor Scott...

7/11/2016

article Lake, creek renamed to honor Ho-Chunk Nation
(Wisconsin) -- Water bodies located next to Pine View Campground on Fort McCoy's North Post have been renamed to Suukjak Sep Lake and Suukjak Sep Creek to honor the...

7/9/2016

article Keeping Ho-Chunk tradition alive through the arts
(Wisconsin) -- When it comes to keeping history alive, one could say it runs in Melanie Tallmadge Sainz’s blood. She practically grew up at the Winnebago Indian...

7/6/2016

article Keep The Money In Nebraska confident of referendum success
(Nebraska) -- In Nebraska, a pro-casino group that is collecting signatures in order to have a trio of referendums placed on the upcoming November presidential ballot...

7/5/2016

article 3rd time, possible casino gamble vote on ballot
(Nebraska) -- It is round three in the fight to bring casino gambling to the Cornhusker state. And this time, supporters believe voters are ready to approve. “I...

7/2/2016

article Invictus fuses food, heritage
(Wisconsin) -- A long tradition of hosting special events, educational food camps, as well as studying and teaching Ho-Chunk cultural food has spurred the opening of a...

6/25/2016

article Casino gambling proponent’s confident proposals will be added to ballot
(Nebraska) -- Keep the Money in Nebraska is a group of individuals who are in favor of allowing casino gambling to take place within the state of Nebraska. The group has...

6/23/2016

article Opponents, supporters betting that casino gambling proposals will be on the ballot in November
(Nebraska) -- With two weeks to go, backers of a petition to allow casino gambling in Nebraska expressed “supreme confidence” Wednesday that they will make...

6/12/2016

article Ho-Chunk Capital adds manager
(Iowa) -- Patricia Wojcik recently joined Ho-Chunk Capital as community manager of Siouxland real estate developments. Ho-Chunk Capital directs all investments for Ho-...

6/11/2016

article Nebraska gambling measure likely to qualify for the ballot
(Nebraska) -- A campaign to legalize casino gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks has gone better than expected for its supporters, who raised more than $1.1 million...

6/6/2016

article Nebraska casino ballot measure is on the road to success
(Nebraska) -- A group campaigning to bring non-tribal casino gambling to horseracing tracks in Nebraska has revealed that it is confident it will have collected enough...

6/5/2016

article Supporters of a campaign to legalize casino gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks say the effort is going well
(Nebraska) -- A campaign to legalize casino gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks has gone better than expected for its supporters, who raised more than $1.1 million...

5/15/2016

article Modular design used to build Ho-Chunk's upscale Dakota Dunes apartments
(Iowa) -- In a flash, construction-wise, the new Dakota 303 Ho-Chunk's apartments have been erected and a couple dozen potential tenants are already on the waiting...

5/6/2016

article Horse racing returns to Siouxland in September
(Nebraska) -- Both Ho Chunk and the city of South Sioux City say it's an exciting opportunity, bringing horse racing back to Siouxland will help keep the money flow...
article Nebraska board OKs South Sioux City horse racing project
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska regulators have approved plans for a horse track and simulcast wagering facility at the site of the former Atokad Downs in South Sioux City. On...

5/5/2016

article South Sioux City horse track wins state approval
(Nebraska) -- Live parimutuel horse racing is returning to South Sioux City. The Nebraska Racing Commission on Thursday granted a state license for the proposed South...

5/1/2016

article Three Rivers Traditional Pow Wow celebrates Native American culture
(Wisconsin) -- The La Crosse Area Three Rivers Traditional Pow Wow is a social gathering showing off every aspect of the Ho-Chunk culture. The annual event, hosted by...

4/23/2016

article Keep the Money in Nebraska nears $1 million in fight to get casino gambling at horse racing tracks
(Nebraska) -- Proponents of allowing casino gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks have raised nearly $1 million in their effort to place the issue on the November...

4/8/2016

article Ho-Chunk Casino donates 8,000 pounds of food to area food banks
(Wisconsin) -- The Wisconsin Dells and Adams food pantries were generously re-stocked Wednesday thanks to a large donation from the Ho-Chunk Casino.

4/4/2016

article Ho-Chunk plan to open South Sioux City race track with or without casino
(Nebraska) -- Ho-Chunk Inc., the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s economic development wing, is planning to build a sports bar and simulcast wagering center and short...

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