Ho-Chunk Says "No" To State Gaming Payment; Casino in Black River Falls

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The Ho-Chunk Nation says it's not required to pay 30 million dollars a year to the state because it hasn't added any of the additional games included in a new gaming compact.

Tribal spokeswoman Tracy Littlejohn says the Ho-Chunk is not legally obligated to make payments and won't be doing so.

Of the eleven tribes that have casinos, only the Ho-Chunk hasn't made payments to the state under gaming compacts signed by Governor Doyle. Republicans sued to void the compacts and won in the Supreme Court.

The decision sent Doyle and the tribes back to the bargaining table. Other tribes have decided to offer the games and make payments to the state.

An aide to Governor Doyle, Sean Dilweg, says the administration hopes to get a payment from the Ho-Chunk by the end of the fiscal year in June.

The Ho-Chunk operates casinos near Baraboo and Black River Falls.