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LANCE MORGAN: Winnebago Tribe is responsibly pursuing casino plans

I have watched enough negative political ads to know they should be taken with a grain of salt, but until recently I have never actually been the target of one, much less one that is purposely calculated to negatively play on our status as an Indian tribe. I run Ho-Chunk Inc., a company owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, with over 1,500 employees.

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10/17/2020

article LANCE MORGAN: Winnebago Tribe is responsibly pursuing casino plans
(Nebraska) -- I have watched enough negative political ads to know they should be taken with a grain of salt, but until recently I have never actually been the target of...

10/10/2020

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, NSP receives funding from Department of Justice
(Nebraska) -- Two Nebraska organizations awarded federal grants from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to register and track sex offenders. U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly...

10/9/2020

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, NSP receives funding from Department of Justice
(Nebraska) -- Two Nebraska organizations awarded federal grants from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to register and track sex offenders. U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly...

10/8/2020

article Nebraska voters will see three gambling initiatives on ballot, here’s what they mean
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska voters will see three gambling initiatives on their ballots Nov. 3. What exactly are those initiatives and what do they mean? If approved, the...
article 5 Winnebago Tribal Council Members Elected, Sworn In
(Nebraska) -- Five newly elected Winnebago Tribal Council members have been sworn in. Tribal council elections were held Tuesday, and the winners sworn in on Wednesday,...

10/6/2020

article Peering at the Past Winnebago removal “the most spectacular sight ever witnessed in this area”
(Minnesota) -- For tribal elders, this migration was unpleasant but nothing new. More than a century later, local historian Percival Narveson termed “this uneasy...

9/27/2020

article Palmtag: Legislature Has Failed, Tax Relief In Voters' Hands With Gambling Initiative
(Nebraska) -- Citing a dismal lack of leadership from the state Legislature, Republican Legislature candidate Janet Palmtag has announced her support for a ballot...
article Republican legislative candidate endorses casino gambling to fund property tax relief
(Nebraska) -- Janet Palmtag of Syracuse, who is embroiled in a high-profile legislative contest with Sen. Julie Slama of Peru that has divided Republican leaders, said...

9/19/2020

article OPINION: Nebraska voters should approve casino measures
(Nebraska) -- For years, opponents have fought repeated efforts to legalize casino gambling in Nebraska, arguing it would lead to added bankruptcies and addiction. We...

9/14/2020

article Nebraska Supreme Court places gambling initiatives on November ballot
(Nebraska) -- On September 10, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a trio of initiatives that would authorize, regulate, and tax gambling at horse racetracks did not...
article The Nebraska Supreme Court greenlights vote on gambling legalization
(Nebraska) -- The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state voters should get the opportunity this year to legalize casino gambling in cities with horse tracks....

9/11/2020

article Tribal corporation secures victory in gaming initiative dispute
(Nebraska) -- A decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court on Thursday approving three related gaming initiatives will pave the way for casino gambling at racetracks if...

9/10/2020

article Court orders casino gambling be placed on ballot
(Nebraska) -- In a split 4-3 decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Secretary of State Bob Evnen to place a three-pronged casino gambling initiative on...
article Nebraska high court allows casino measure on ballot, giving win to Ho-Chunk's Atokad track
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska voters should get a chance this year to legalize casino gambling in South Sioux City and other cities with horse tracks, the state Supreme Court...
article Nebraska voters will decide whether to allow casino gambling at horse racing tracks
(Nebraska) -- Voters will get to weigh in on a set of three ballot initiatives that if passed would permit and regulate casino gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks,...
article Morgan: What to learn from Winnebago Tribe's response to the coronavirus
(Nebraska) -- As the CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., a tribal corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, I want to share how the tribe has viewed and attacked the...

9/4/2020

article WinnaVegas Casino Resort receives multiple casino industry awards
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino Resort recently received numerous “2020 Best of Gaming” awards by Casino Player Magazine, a national publication that specializes...
article WinnaVegas Casino Resort receives multiple casino industry awards
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino Resort recently received numerous “2020 Best of Gaming” awards by Casino Player Magazine, a national publication that specializes...

9/2/2020

article WinnaVegas Wins Gaming Award
(Iowa) -- The WinnaVegas Casino Resort has received several “2020 Best of Gaming” awards for Iowa by Casino Player Magazine. The magazine’s reader...

7/14/2020

article WinnaVegas Casino Resort announces Phase Two of reopening
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino Resort announced on Tuesday that effective on Friday, July 17 they will expand hours of casino operations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday...

7/11/2020

article Five candidates seeking 2 open Winnebago Tribal Council seats
(Nebraska) -- Five people are vying for two vacant seats on the Winnebago Tribal Council in a special election to be held Wednesday. The candidates are Brian Chamberlain...

7/5/2020

article Walton: Having marijuana, gambling on ballot should boost turnout
(Nebraska) -- That's more like it. Nebraska's November general election lost a little luster when property tax reduction supporters and redistricting reform...

7/4/2020

article Nebraska casino gaming backers turn in petition signatures
(Nebraska) -- Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to expand gambling in Nebraska believe the odds favor their attempt to gain voter approval this fall. In...
article Organizations acquired signatures to add gambling, medical marijuana on Nebraska ballot
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska voters might get a chance to vote on expanded gambling in the state. More than 475,000 signatures asking for a public vote on the issue were...

7/2/2020

article Backers of expanding gambling turn in trio of petitions to get casino gaming on November ballot
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska voters may get another chance this fall to vote on allowing expanded gambling in the state. Keep the Money in Nebraska turned in a trio of...
article Casino gambling question likely to make ballot
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska voters will get to weigh in on whether to legalize casino gambling after supporters announced Thursday they had gathered enough signatures to put...
article Nebraska casino gaming backers turn in petition signatures
(Nebraska) -- Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to expand gambling in Nebraska believe the odds favor their attempt to gain voter approval this fall. In...

7/1/2020

article Casino gambling group to hold press conference July 2
(Nebraska) -- A Nebraska law that prohibits casino games might change. Organizers of the “Keep the Money in Nebraska” campaign are holding a press conference...

6/27/2020

article Winnebago Tribal Council members removed from office after refusing hair sample test
(Nebraska) -- Two members of the Winnebago Tribal Council have been removed from their post, according to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Two council members, Victoria...

6/12/2020

article WinnaVegas welcomes back guests with new safety protocols
(Iowa) -- After closing for nearly three months, casinos in Iowa are back up and running. On Friday, the WinnaVegas Casino Resort welcomed back guests. WinnaVegas is...

6/8/2020

article WinnaVegas Casino Resort to reopen with safety protocols on Friday
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino, 1500 330th St., announced that it will reopen and resume casino operations at 50% capacity, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. The reopening...
article Winnebago man charged with manslaughter in death of mother of their child
(Nebraska) -- A Winnebago man has been charged in federal court with manslaughter for killing the mother of his child. Her burned remains were found near a remote cabin...

6/3/2020

article COVID-19 cases increasing on Omaha, Winnebago reservations
(Nebraska) -- The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to climb Wednesday in Nebraska's Thurston County, in large part because of a recent burst of cases on the...
article Man charged with manslaughter for Winnebago woman's death
(Nebraska) -- Winnebago, Nebraska, man has been charged in federal court with manslaughter for killing a woman whose burned remains were found near a remote cabin on the...

5/30/2020

article Winnebago Tribe reports 6 new cases of COVID-19
(Nebraska) -- Winnebago Tribal health officials have confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 on the Winnebago Reservation. The Winnebago Reservation now has 25 total cases....

5/29/2020

article WinnaVegas Casino Resort to remain closed
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino Resort announced Friday that the Casino Resort will remain closed due to concerns over rising COVID-19 cases on the Winnebago Indian...
article Six new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Winnebago Reservation
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System has confirmed six new cases of COVID-19. The Winnebago Reservation now has had a total of 25 positive cases...

5/25/2020

article 'Callous and dangerous': Tribes see COVID-19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases
(Nebraska) -- An incident at a grocery store on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska last week forced a tribally-owned corporation that owns the business to...
article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska confirms four more cases of COVID-19
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System (WCHS) has confirmed four more cases of COVID-19 in the Winnebago Reservation. Health officials said the four...
article July 3 petition deadline close, but signatures gathered from a distance
(Nebraska) -- Petition signature gatherers are out again, trying to wrap up drives to get their issues before voters in the 2020 general election. At least two drives...

4/23/2020

article First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 on the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Reservation
(Nebraska) -- Officials with the Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System say community spread infected the person with the first case of COVID-19 on the reservation....

4/16/2020

article Winnebago Tribe passes curfew to curb coronavirus
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has enacted a nighttime curfew in an attempt to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The tribe's council passed...

4/15/2020

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska imposes nighttime curfew
(Nebraska) -- To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has imposed a nighttime curfew on tribal land starting Wednesday. The temporary curfew...

3/30/2020

article WinnaVegas Casino Resort closing temporarily due to COVID-19
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino Resort is closing until further notice due to COVID-19. The Sloan based casino is following Gov. Kim Reynold's State of Public Health...

3/22/2020

article Virus not likely to stop Nebraska marijuana, casino measures
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska voters may still get a chance to legalize medical marijuana and casino gambling even though the new coronavirus has forced activists to stop...

2/29/2020

article Winnevegas hosts Last Bear Moon Powwow
(Nebraska) -- The Winnevegas Casino Resort hosted the second annual Last Bear Moon Powwow celebration Saturday. The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska put together the grand...

2/25/2020

article Winnebago Tribe prepares for ‘Last Bear Moon Winter Celebration Powwow
(Nebraska) -- For the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, February is an important time of the year. The month honors a special clan that serves as protectors of the tribe and...

2/14/2020

article From tribal college to VUU, Railey has growing power
(Virginia) -- It’s not where you come from, but how you play the game that counts. Tyriek Railey is making an impression at Virginia Union University despite...

1/16/2020

article Ho-Chunk subsidiary buys $1.3 million of farmland on Winnebago reservation
(Nebraska) -- A subsidiary of Ho-Chunk Inc. has finalized a $1.3 million deal to buy 231 acres, its first purchase of farmland on the Winnebago Tribe's reservation...

1/12/2020

article St. Augustine portrait dedication celebrates 14 years at Encounter Center
(Nebraska) -- "The Children of St. Augustine Indian Mission," an exhibit featuring portraits by award-winning photographer Father Don Doll, will be at 1 p.m....

12/25/2019

article ICYMI: Nebraska gambling measure gets big boost from tribal company
(Nebraska) -- The economic development arm of a Nebraska-based Native American tribe is once again pumping big money into a campaign to legalize casino gambling. Ho-...

12/23/2019

article Expanded Gambling Opponents Undaunted By Petition Supporters’ Big Money
(Nebraska) -- Expanded gambling opponents are readying to fight a ballot initiative to legalize casino gambling. Gambling with the Good Life spokeswoman Pat Loontjer...

12/22/2019

article Ho-Chunk Again Backs Nebraska Gaming Effort
(Nebraska) -- The economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is once again helping to fund a campaign to legalize casino gambling in the state. Campaign...

12/21/2019

article Nebraska gambling measure gets big boost from tribal company
(Nebraska) -- The economic development arm of a Nebraska-based Native American tribe is once again pumping big money into a campaign to legalize casino gambling. Ho-...

12/15/2019

article WinnaVegas Casino Resort gets '2019 Best of Gaming' awards
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino Resort recently received numerous “2019 Best of Gaming” awards by Casino Player Magazine, a national publication that specializes...

11/22/2019

article WinnaVegas hits the jackpot in national survey of casino resorts
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa, was a big winner in Casino Player magazine’s 2019 reader survey of the country’s best casinos. Readers...

10/20/2019

article Winnebago Tribal Council member James Snow dies
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is mourning the loss of one of its tribal council members. A spokesperson for the tribe says James Snow passed away on...

10/18/2019

article Winnebago Tribe receives $1.1M Justice Department grant
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe has received more than $1 million to address juvenile justice issues. The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the awarding...

10/9/2019

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska elects tribal council members
(Nebraska) -- Voters have elected four members of the Winnebago Tribal Council. The top three votegetters were John Snowball with 361 votes, Coly Brown with 272 votes,...

10/8/2019

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska elects tribal council members
(Nebraska) -- Voters have elected four members of the Winnebago Tribal Council. The top three votegetters were John Snowball with 361 votes, Coly Brown with 272 votes,...

9/15/2019

article Ho-Chunk holds 4th Annual Live Horse Racing
(Nebraska) -- A race that did make it to the track on Saturday was Ho-Chunk’s 4th Annual Live Horse Racing at the Dakota-Thurston Fairgrounds. KCAU 9’s...

9/14/2019

article Lance Morgan says 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....

9/11/2019

article Ho-Chunk Inc. celebrates 25 years of economic growth on Winnebago reservation
(Nebraska) -- Beginning in 1994, when Ho-Chunk Inc. was formed, the mission has been to recognize and develop various economic opportunities for people living on the...

8/29/2019

article Winnebago farmer issues an apology to the school following field mishap
(Nebraska) -- Early this week, a farmer destroyed crops grown by Ho-Chunk Inc. for the Winnebago Public School's academy to learn about their tribal culture and...

8/27/2019

article Winnebago cornfield used for education destroyed
(Nebraska) -- It was a field of dreams destroyed in an instant. Now members of the Winnebago community are raising money online to replace that harvest, and help...
article Man sentenced to prison for sexual assault on Winnebago Reservation
(Nebraska) -- A member of the Omaha Nation was sentenced Monday to eight years in federal prison for sexually assaulting a woman on the Winnebago Indian Reservation.

8/7/2019

article Former leader of Winnebago Tribe sentenced in last of gaming theft cases
(Iowa) -- Travis Mallory, a former leader of of the Winnebago Tribe, has been sentenced to 3 years probation for his role in a gaming theft case. Mallory who served on...
article Man sentenced for role in theft from Nebraska-based tribe's Iowa casino
(Iowa) -- A former Winnebago Tribal Council member has been given probation for his role in the theft of funds from the Nebraska-based tribe's casino in Iowa. The...

8/6/2019

article Former Winnebago tribal official placed on probation for theft
(Nebraska) -- A former Winnebago Tribal Council member has been placed on probation for his role in the theft of funds from the tribe's casino. Senior Judge Laurie...

7/30/2019

article Nebraska residents pushing for casino gambling legalization on 2020 ballot
(Nebraska) -- Some Nebraska residents believe casino betting would benefit the state. Tuesday, Iowa lawmakers approved sports betting rules. In Nebraska however, some...

7/26/2019

article Winnebago Tribe selected as one of the first farms to grow hemp in Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago farm, which is located just north of Omaha is one of the ten farms that was given licensing approval to start growing the plant in Nebraska....

7/22/2019

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska prepares for 153rd Powwow
(Nebraska) -- We’re just days away from the Winnebago Homecoming Powwow and Celebration. The 153rd Powwow will take place on July 25 through July 28 at Veteran...

7/20/2019

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska company chosen to grow hemp
(Nebraska) -- A farming business owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's economic development corporation will start growing hemp this summer on the tribe's...

7/19/2019

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...

7/14/2019

article Walton: Property taxes, gambling, marijuana could fuel voter turnout
(Nebraska) -- Something for everyone. The 2020 general election is shaping up to be a crowd-pleaser. President Donald Trump's re-election bid essentially guarantees...

7/9/2019

article Nebraska could mark a majority of US states with commercial gambling on its 2020 ballot
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska voters may decide next year whether to legalize casino gambling in a ballot measure that could lead the number of states that allow commercial...

7/5/2019

article New push for a ballot on legalizing casino gaming in Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- A petition has been launched to allow Nebraska voters to have the final say next year over whether or not casino gambling should be made legal in the state...

7/1/2019

article Nebraska Petition Could Give Voters Another Shot at Deciding Commercial Gaming Fate
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is behind a petition that, if successful, could give voters there another chance at deciding the fate of casino gaming and...
article Nebraska tribe’s latest energy project: reclaimed solar thermal heaters
(Nebraska) -- A Nebraska tribe that is completing the installation of 720 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels is pursuing another solar technology for meeting even...

6/30/2019

article Nebraska voters may vote on casino gambling
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska voters may decide next year whether to legalize casino gambling in a ballot measure that could tip the number of states that allow commercial...

6/23/2019

article Curtis St. Cyr leaves legacy of sovereignty: Food, music and a tribal flag
(Nebraska) -- Curtis St. Cyr recently bought a tractor and planted corn. He was making a statement, encouraging his community to eat natural foods and therefore...
article Remembering Frank LaMere, Curt St. Cyr
(Nebraska) -- Frank Lamere spent most of his adult life as an activist. He lived in South Sioux City and worked as a member of the American Indian Movement in the 1970...

6/19/2019

article Winnebago Tribe mourns passing of vice chairman and noted musician Curtis St. Cyr
(Nebraska) -- Long before he found fame as a blues musician, Curtis St. Cyr played harmonica for a teenage garage band called the Scrubs. Darlakae McGhee was the combo...

6/5/2019

article Winnebago Tribe honors life-saving police officer
(Nebraska) -- One by one, rescue vehicles escorted Winnebago Police Officer Anthony Walker. The Winnebago police department, fire department and the wildlife and parks...

5/25/2019

article WinnaVegas, Blackbird Bend tribal casinos eye now-legal sports betting in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Two tribal casinos in western Iowa are looking to join their state-licensed counterparts in offering sports betting. WinnaVegas Casino Resort, owned and...

5/13/2019

article Nebraska gambling petition submitted for 2020
(Nebraska) -- Some members of the public have come together to draft a gambling petition they intend to submit in the 2020 general election. This petition comes as...

4/19/2019

article WinnaVegas debuts new air filtration system, solar panels
(Iowa) -- The WinnaVegas Casino Resort already is winning big on its bet on LED lighting, solar panels and new air filtration system. The casino began using a new air...

4/15/2019

article New initiative seeks to allow gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks and casinos
(Nebraska) -- The petition sponsors proposed a constitutional amendment for the November 2020 ballot and two statutory initiatives to regulate casino gambling. They...

4/13/2019

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 petitions to legalize gambling in Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- Work on a project started two years ago by Ho-Chunk Inc. is getting a reboot. The development division of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is working for a...
article Nebraska Could Vote on Casino Gambling as Tribe Tries to Capture $500M Wagered in Nearby States
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska residents may soon be asked to sign a petition for a referendum allowing casino gaming at the state’s six licensed horse tracks under a...
article Proposal to legalize gambling prompts reaction from residents
(Nebraska) -- The Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent Protection Association, along with Ho–Chuck Inc have partnered together on a proposal to legalize gambling at...

3/21/2019

article Former Winnebago tribal councilman pleads guilty to stealing from casino
(Nebraska) -- A former Winnebago Tribal Council member pleaded guilty Thursday to theft from the tribe's casino. Travis Mallory, 41, entered his plea in U.S....

3/11/2019

article ‘Ho-Chunk Village 2.0’ offers more housing on Winnebago reservation
(Nebraska) -- Some problems are good ones to have. Consider this: From 2000 to 2016, the number of employed workers on the Winnebago Reservation in Northeast Nebraska...

3/8/2019

article Winnebago Tribe incorporates language into billboards and public signs on reservation
(Nebraska) -- If all goes as planned, this time next year the Winnebago Reservation will look a lot different. An indigenous language program is planning to transform...

2/23/2019

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska prepares for powwow
(Iowa) -- February is an important month for the Winnebago Tribe. It marks the approaching new year and the last bear moon, honoring all bear clan members and bear...

2/4/2019

article Winnebago Tribe still fighting back a year after raid on reservation
(Arizona) -- More than a year has passed since federal agents raided the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska in what tribal leaders have called on attack on their...

1/16/2019

article Winnebago Tribe continues to see more return to homelands
(Nebraska) -- When Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1991, she became one of just eight college graduates among the Winnebago...

12/19/2018

article Federal Judge Says Ho-Chunk Lawsuit vs Nebraska May Proceed
(Nebraska) -- A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by Ho-Chunk Inc. challenging the State of Nebraska’s interference with business activity...
article Ho-Chunk lawsuit against State of Nebraska to proceed
(Nebraska) -- A judge has ruled in favor of proceeding with a lawsuit that challenges the State of Nebraska's interference of business activity on Native American...
article Winnebago Tribe wins round in lawsuit to defend its sovereignty
(Nebraska) -- A lawsuit by two Winnebago tribal corporations challenging the state of Nebraska’s efforts to regulate tobacco sales by the companies will proceed...

12/10/2018

article Nebraska asks judge to toss suit over Winnebago Reservation cigarette sales
(Nebraska) -- Cigarette sales on the Winnebago Indian Reservation can still be regulated in some ways, even though tribal reservations are considered sovereign territory...
article Oral arguments presented in Winnebago Tribe lawsuit
(Nebraska) -- Oral arguments happened Monday afternoon in a lawsuit the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska filed in April. The development is sparked by the January 2018 Bureau...

12/9/2018

article Winnebago Tribe challenging state lawsuit over regulating reservation businesses
(Nebraska) -- All eyes will be on a federal judge in Omaha tomorrow, as he determines the fate of a lawsuit between the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the State. The...

10/14/2018

article THE REGULARS: Winnebago story deserves to be told, celebrated
(Iowa) -- As I thought about a subject for this column, I came to the conclusion I wanted to share a “good news” story that needs to be told. That story is...

9/24/2018

article Winnebago Tribe doubles investment in solar energy on reservation
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is continuing its march toward self-sustainability with a $728,000 investment that will fund installation of solar panels...

9/15/2018

article Horses race at Atokad as Ho-Chunk gears up for 2020 casino ballot initiative
(Iowa) -- Saturday afternoon's horse races at Atokad Park were like other horse races: people spent a lot of time milling around, talking, grabbing food and...

9/4/2018

article Nebraska to try again
(Nebraska) -- Another effort will be made to bring casinos to the US state of Nebraska, according to Fantini's Gaming Report. This time, the Winnebago Indians...

9/3/2018

article Tribe to make second run at Nebraska casino legalization
(Nebraska) -- After failing to collect enough signatures to have a pro-casino constitutional amendment placed before voters in 2016, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is...

9/2/2018

article Ho-Chunk makes new wager on casino in South Sioux City
(Iowa) -- A Winnebago tribal corporation plans to double down on its bet that Nebraska voters largely support casino gambling in their state. Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic...

8/27/2018

article 3 people sentenced for roles in Nebraska reservation slaying
(Nebraska) -- Three people have been imprisoned for their roles in the slaying of a man on an American Indian reservation in northeast Nebraska. Federal court records...

8/22/2018

article Nebraska tribe to double solar capacity after landing federal grant
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago tribe of northeastern Nebraska will nearly double its solar capacity – already among the largest in the state – with the help of...

8/17/2018

article Groups seek again to legalize casinos at Nebraska tracks
(Nebraska) -- Groups that want to legalize casinos at Nebraska horse racing tracks are teaming up for another effort. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska...
article Ho-Chunk planning for another try at expanded gambling in Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- A battle over legalized gambling in Nebraska is heating up again. Ho-Chunk Inc. C-E-O Lance Morgan says the company will help sponsor a statewide ballot...
article Ho-Chunk, HBPA starting another campaign
(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...

8/16/2018

article Groups seek again to legalize casinos at Nebraska tracks
(Nebraska) -- Groups that want to legalize casinos at Nebraska horse racing tracks are teaming up for another effort. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska...
article Winnebago tribal corporation makes another go at gaming
(Nebraska) -- A Winnebago tribal corporation plans to double down on its bet that Nebraska voters largely support casino gambling in their state. Ho-Chunk Inc., the...
article Neb. Officials Seek To End Tribal Cos.' Tobacco Lawsuit [sub req]
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska officials urged a federal court Wednesday to toss a suit filed by two Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska-owned cigarette companies challenging the...

8/8/2018

article Winnebago Tribe moves forward with food sovereignty initiatives
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe’s efforts improve the health of residents on its northeast Nebraska reservation got a significant boost recently when the tribe...

8/6/2018

article Judge denies request to stay Winnebago cigarette lawsuit
(Nebraska) -- A federal judge has denied a U.S. government request to freeze proceedings in a lawsuit in which tribal tobacco companies in Winnebago claim Nebraska state...

7/28/2018

article Winnebago Tribe celebrates 152nd Homecoming Celebration
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is holding its 152nd Annual Homecoming Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park. Featuring traditional songs, foods, and...

7/25/2018

article Winnebago Tribe celebrates renaming of Twelve Clans Unity Hospital
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe is now in full control of its hospital: 12 Clans Unity Hospital in Winnebago, Nebraska. The change comes more than two years after the...

7/23/2018

article Nebraska Winnebago Tribe becomes solar power leader
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska already boasts 400 kW of installed solar panels, more than nearly any other Midwestern American Indian tribe. It doesn'...

7/20/2018

article Winnebago tribe becomes solar power leader in Midwest
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska can already boast of having 400 kilowatts of installed solar panels, more than nearly any other Midwestern American Indian...

7/19/2018

article Federal authorities seized more than $1 million in property in Winnebago raid
(Nebraska) -- The economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe stands to lose more than $1 million in property after a raid on the reservation earlier this year....

7/10/2018

article Nebraska tribe becomes a solar power leader on the Plains
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska already boasts 400 kilowatts of installed solar panels, more than nearly any other Midwestern Indian tribe. It doesn’...

7/7/2018

article Appeals court rules against Winnebago tribal corporation in tobacco case
(Washington D.C.) -- Businesses owned by the Winnebago Tribe must turn over tobacco records to federal authorities, an appeals court ruled this week. Ho-Chunk Inc., the...

7/5/2018

article Appeals court rules against Winnebago tribal corporation in tobacco case
(Wisconsin) -- Businesses owned by the Winnebago Tribe must turn over tobacco records to federal authorities, an appeals court ruled this week. Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe...

7/2/2018

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska assumes governance of hospital
(Nebraska) -- Officials with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska said with the approval of the Compact and Funding Agreement between the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the...
article 2 ex-Omaha Tribal Council members plead guilty to misuse of funds
(Nebraska) -- Two former Omaha Tribal Council members pleaded guilty Friday to using federal funds to pay bonuses to themselves. Tillie Aldrich and Jessica Webster...
article 2 ex-tribal council members plead guilty to misusing funds
(Nebraska) -- Two former members of the Winnebago Tribe's governing council have pleaded guilty to misusing federal money to pay themselves bonuses. The Sioux City...

7/1/2018

article 'A new beginning': Winnebago Tribe assumes management of embattled hospital
(Nebraska) -- Members of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska gathered late Saturday night at the front entrance of the Omaha Winnebago Hospital for a midnight blessing...

6/30/2018

article Winnebago hospital is under new ownership
(Nebraska) -- After years of struggling to provide a first class healthcare system, Indian Health services hospital in Winnebago, Nebraska is being taken over by new...

6/2/2018

article Lance Morgan elected to Casey Family Programs board
(Washington) -- Lance Morgan, president and CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc. was elected to the Casey Family Programs Board of Trustees on May 22. He will take his seat in September.

5/10/2018

article Winnebago Tribe works to revitalize Ho-Chunk language for future generations
(Nebraska) -- She grew up among the pine trees and scrub oak of western Wisconsin, not far from the small town of Black River Falls. Phyllis Armendariz lived the life of...

5/4/2018

article Entities under Nebraska Native American tribe challenge tobacco agreement
(Nebraska) -- Two entities established under Native American law allege that a state's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement cannot be enforced against it. HCI...

4/28/2018

article Winnebago Tribe takes advantage of new 'Opportunity Zone' designation
(Nebraska) -- Opportunity is a word the Winnebago people know well. They understand its value, having had so few opportunities to lift themselves up from grinding...

4/27/2018

article Woman becomes third person to admit role in fatal Winnebago ‘drunk fight’
(Nebraska) -- A 22-year-old woman has become the third person to plead guilty this week to the “drunk fight” that left William Ivan Redhorn Jr. dying outside...

4/25/2018

article 2 take plea deals for slaying of man on Winnebago reservation
(Nebraska) -- Two people have taken plea deals for the slaying of a man on an American Indian reservation in northeast Nebraska. Federal court records say 20-year-old...

4/23/2018

article Ho-Chunk entities sue Nebraska officials over tobacco laws
(Nebraska) -- The state of Nebraska's efforts to regulate the Winnebago Tribe's production of tobacco products on its reservation are not only unconstitutional,...

3/30/2018

article Winnebago Tribe promotes food sovereignty for future generations
(Nebraska) -- Lorelei DeCora moved to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, in 1973. Back then, life was different on the reservation. The Lakota people lived on isolated plots of...

3/24/2018

article With open hearts, missionaries serve on Winnebago Reservation
(Nebraska) -- It’s minutes before 10 a.m., and Jeff Foley pushes away the morning snow as parishioners file in for Mass at St. Augustine parish in Winnebago. Kathy...

3/18/2018

article New W’bago Museum board member excited
(Minnesota) -- The Winnebago Area Museum recently welcomed a new board member to their organization. Danny Rynearson, a Winnebago native, was added to the museum board...

3/13/2018

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's long-smoldering cigarette dispute with feds heats up
(Nebraska) -- A chill has fallen on the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s cigarette-manufacturing operation since federal officers raided the reservation and seized...
article Winnebago Tribe sends basketball team to championships again
(Nebraska) -- D’Von LaPointe walks slowly toward the half court mark. He looks straight ahead, trying to get the play right in his mind. To his right, Maurice...

3/11/2018

article Omaha Tribe was first in the U.S. to make cigarettes on reservation [sub req]
(Nebraska) -- Four packs of cigarettes made at Rock River Manufacturing in Winnebago, Nebraska. The Winnebago Tribe has been manufacturing tobacco products since 2014.
article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's long-smoldering cigarette dispute with feds heats up [sub req]
(Nebraska) -- Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's long-smoldering cigarette dispute with feds heats up.
article Winnebago Tribe sees power from solar energy as boost to sovereignty
(Nebraska) -- For the Winnebago Tribe and its people, the battle for sovereignty is taking place in a field near a car dealership and on roofs across their reservation....

3/10/2018

article The origins of Ho-Chunk, the Winnebago Tribe's economic development arm
(Nebraska) -- Ho-Chunk is the historic name of the Winnebago people. The tribe held lands in the East before migrating to present-day Wisconsin. The Winnebago were moved...

3/7/2018

article Winnebago Tribe sees power from solar energy as boost to sovereignty
(Nebraska) -- For the Winnebago Tribe and its people, the battle for sovereignty is taking place in a field near a car dealership and on roofs across their reservation.

3/4/2018

article Winnebago Tribe wants Dakota County sheriff to end immigration enforcement initiative
(Nebraska) -- Opponents of the Dakota County sheriff’s initiative to enforce federal immigration laws in the northeast Nebraska jurisdiction pledge to continue...

3/3/2018

article Winnebago Tribe sees boost in home ownership as more return to reservation
(Nebraska) -- Dulcie Greene points to the drab, red-brick one-story with boarded-up windows — one in a long line of government homes on a steep hill in one of...

2/27/2018

article Leader of Winnebago Tribe clashes with sheriff over racial profiling
(Nebraska) -- The leader of the Winnebago Tribe is criticizing a local sheriff's decision to allow jailers to be deputized so they can enforce federal immigration...
article Winnebago Tribe and Unity Action members speak out against Dakota County Sheriff participation in ICE program
(Nebraska) -- The chairman of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and members of the Unity Action in South Sioux City are speaking out against the Dakota County's...

2/26/2018

article Winnebago Tribe opposes Dakota County immigration enforcement program
(Nebraska) -- Winnebago Tribal Chairman Frank White has announced the tribe's opposition to the participation of the Dakota County Sheriff's Office in a federal...

2/22/2018

article Winnebago Tribe sees boost in home ownership as more return to reservation
(Nebraska) -- Dulcie Greene points to the drab, red brick one-story with boarded-up windows – one in a long line of government homes on a steep hill in one of...

2/15/2018

article LaMere: Native people are still fighting for our own rights
(Iowa) -- On January 30, scores of agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, who were armed and wearing body armor, converged on Ho-Chunk Inc. in...

1/31/2018

article Winnebago Tribe slams raid on businesses as attack on sovereignty
(Nebraska) -- The leader of the Winnebago Tribe is firing back at federal and state officials in Nebraska, a day after federal agents raided the offices of the economic...

1/30/2018

article Federal agents descend on Ho-Chunk headquarters; officials are investigating tobacco-related records, company spokesman says
(Nebraska) -- Federal agents descended on the headquarters of Ho-Chunk Inc. on the Winnebago Indian Reservation on Tuesday as part of an investigation into tobacco-...
article Federal Agents Investigating Winnebago Tribal Business
(Nebraska) -- Federal agents are investigating the tobacco businesses run by the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald...

1/21/2018

article Winnebago Tribe launches HoChunk Harvest food sovereignty project
(Nebraska) -- Terry Medina doesn’t blame anyone for his condition, except himself. At the age of 63, he’s struggled with diabetes for nearly 7 years. The...

1/19/2018

article Winnebago Tribe launches HoChunk Harvest food sovereignty project
(Nebraska) -- Terry Medina doesn’t blame anyone for his condition, except himself. At the age of 63, he’s struggled with diabetes for nearly 7 years. The probation...

1/12/2018

article Winnebago Tribal council member sentenced in connection with theft
(Nebraska) -- A Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska tribal council member has been sentenced in federal court in connection with his theft conviction. Acting U.S. Attorney...

1/11/2018

article Former Winnebago Tribe officer sentenced for stealing from tribe casino
(Nebraska) -- A former officer of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has been placed on probation for stealing from the tribe’s casino. The United States Attorney...

1/9/2018

article Another ex-tribal council member gets probation for theft
(Nebraska) -- Another former member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska council has been sentenced to probation for stealing from the tribe's Iowa casino. The Sioux...

1/8/2018

article Former Winnebago tribal vice chairman placed on probation for theft
(Nebraska) -- The former vice chairman of the Winnebago Tribe was placed on probation Monday for theft from the tribe's casino. Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie...

12/21/2017

article Winnebago Tribe subsidiary lands $100 million federal government contract
(Washington D.C.) -- A company owned by Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe, landed a $100 million contract with the U.S....

12/7/2017

article Ex-Tribe Chairman Gets 5 Years' Probation For Casino Theft (sub req)
(Nebraska) -- A Nebraska federal judge has sentenced the former chairman of the Winnebago Tribe to five years of probation for stealing from the tribe's casino by...

12/5/2017

article Ex-tribal chairman gets probation for theft from casino
(Nebraska) -- A former chairman of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has been sentenced to probation and community service after pleading guilty to charges related to the...
article Former chairman of Winnebago Tribe sentenced to probation in gaming theft case
(Nebraska) -- John Blackhawk, the longtime former chairman of the Winnebago Tribe, was sentenced for his role in a gaming theft case. Blackhawk, 62, will serve five...
article Winnebago tribal council member sentenced in casino theft
(Nebraska) -- A Winnebago tribal council member was ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution and was sentenced to five years of probation and 150 hours of community...

12/4/2017

article Council chairman sentenced for stealing from casino
(Nebraska) -- A member of the tribal council of the WinneVegas Tribe of Nebraska has been sentenced for stealing from the tribe’s casino. Chief United States...
article Ex-Winnebago tribal chairman placed on probation for theft
(Nebraska) -- The former chairman of the Winnebago Tribe was placed on probation Monday for theft from the tribe's casino. Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith...

11/14/2017

article Nebraska tribe votes to take control of hospital
(Nebraska) -- Problems at the Indian Health Service hospital in Winnebago, Neb., have led the Winnebago Tribe to begin the process of taking over the management of the...
article Winnebago Tribe makes move to take over troubled hospital
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribal Council has taken steps to take over management of a hospital on a Native American reservation in northeastern Nebraska.

11/7/2017

article Another former leader of Winnebago Tribe sentenced for theft of gaming funds
(Nebraska) -- Another former leader of the Winnebago Tribe has been sentenced in connection with the theft of gaming funds. Thomas Snowball, 56, was sentenced to five...

11/6/2017

article Ex-Winnebago tribal council member gets probation for theft
(Nebraska) -- A former Winnebago Tribal Council member was placed on probation Monday for theft from the tribe's casino. Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp...
article Tribal leader sentenced to probation in WinnaVegas bonus case
(Nebraska) -- A former member of the Winnebago tribal council has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to stealing from the tribe’s WinnaVegas Casino...

11/5/2017

article Bill to transfer land back to Winnebago Tribe draws fire from hunters
(Iowa) -- A bill before the U.S. Congress that would return land to the Winnebago Tribe near Sioux City, Iowa,is drawing some fire from some hunting groups. They are...

11/4/2017

article Casino Fraud Charges Against Ex-Tribal Official Dropped (sub req)
(New York) -- A Nebraska federal judge has dismissed charges against one of nine former members of the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska’s governing council charged in an...

11/3/2017

article Charges against ex-tribal council member accused of theft from Iowa casino are dismissed
(Nebraska) -- A judge in Nebraska has dismissed an indictment against a former Winnebago Tribal Council member accused of theft from the tribe’s casino in Iowa.
article Former leader of Winnebago Tribe secures dismissal in gaming fund theft case
(Nebraska) -- A federal judge has dismissed charges against a former leader of the Winnebago Tribe who was accused in a gaming fund theft case. The charges against...

11/2/2017

article Theft charges against ex-tribal councilman dismissed
(Nebraska) -- A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the indictment charging a former Winnebago Tribal Council member with theft from the tribe's casino. Chief U.S....

10/25/2017

article CEO uses company to increase job opportunity, self sufficiency for fellow tribe members
(Nebraska) -- At the fifth annual Hubbard Lecture titled “Tribal Economics: A Dark Past and Promising Future,” Lance Morgan presented his main goals for his...

10/4/2017

article Winnebago Tribe receives $1 million in federal grants
(Washington D.C.) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will receive more than $1 million in federal grants for crime victim assistance and violence against women programs.

9/26/2017

article County board unlikely to act on proposed transfer of land to tribe
(Iowa) -- It's unlikely that the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors will take a public stance on federal legislation to transfer federally owned land popular with...

9/24/2017

article Winnebago Tribe hoping to reclaim land in Iowa
(Iowa) -- The Winnebago Tribe is hoping to reclaim land in Iowa that was once part of its reservation in northeast Nebraska, but local hunters are concerned they might...

9/23/2017

article Winnebago Tribe seeks return of land in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Stands of trees and marshy grass cover sandy dunes along government-owned land adjacent to sections of the Missouri River known as Winnebago Bend and Snyder...

9/22/2017

article Ex-tribal leader sentenced to probation for theft from casino
(Nebraska) -- A former Winnebago Tribal Council member has been sentenced to five years’ probation and 150 hours of community service for stealing from the tribe...

9/18/2017

article Former Winnebago councilman sentenced for theft from tribe
(Nebraska) -- A former Winnebago Tribal Council member was placed on probation Monday for theft from the tribe's casino. Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp...

9/16/2017

article Second year of races draws a crowd to Atokad Park
(Iowa) -- Atokad Park was once again abuzz with the sound of cheering and pounding hooves Saturday afternoon as Ho Chunk Inc. held its second racing event in two years...
article Former chairman of Winnebago Tribe pleads guilty for theft of gaming funds
(Nebraska) -- John Blackhawk, the longtime former chairman of the Winnebago Tribe, pleaded guilty for his role in the theft of gaming funds. Blackhawk, 62, admitted he...

9/14/2017

article Ex-Winnebago tribal chairman makes plea deal in Iowa casino-theft case
(Iowa) -- A former Winnebago tribal chairman in Nebraska accused of stealing money from his tribe’s Iowa casino has made a plea deal with prosecutors. Federal...

9/12/2017

article Former Winnebago chairman pleads guilty
(Nebraska) -- Former Winnebago Tribal Chairman John Blackhawk has pleaded guilty to theft from his tribe’s casino. As part of a plea agreement, charges of...

9/11/2017

article Three races to be held at Atokad Park Saturday
(Iowa) -- And they’re off— again. Atokad Park will host three races Saturday, a little more than a year after the horse racing facility reopened under the...

9/2/2017

article Nebraska reservation moves toward solar energy
(Nebraska) -- An indigenous tribe plans to install 1,000 solar panels at a reservation in northeast Nebraska. The Winnebago Tribe will install panels across more than a...

8/29/2017

article Winnebago Reservation to add 1,000 solar panels
(Iowa) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is going green in a big way. The reservation plans to install 1,000 solar panels across 13 sites that will generate more than...

8/22/2017

article Former tribal leader gets probation for casino theft
(Nebraska) -- A former council member for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has been given probation for theft from the tribe’s Iowa casino.

8/21/2017

article Former Winnebago councilman sentenced for theft from tribe
(Nebraska) -- A former Winnebago Tribal Council member was placed on probation Monday for theft from the tribe's casino. Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Camp Smith...

8/10/2017

article Former Winnebago tribal council member gets probation for casino theft
(Iowa) -- A former council member for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska who’d pleaded guilty to stealing from the tribe’s casino in Iowa has been given five...

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