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The unlawful expansion of Ho-Chunk Nation’s ancillary gaming facility in Wittenberg into a full-blown casino-resort will result in a $36.8 million reduction in annual machine revenue for seven Wisconsin tribes.
The impact on the Stockbridge-Munsee is by far the greatest. Our North Star Mohican Casino Resort is the largest employer in Shawano County, accounts for 96 percent of earned governmental revenue and is just 16 miles from Ho-Chunk’s Wittenberg site.
The Ho-Chunk Wittenberg expansion will not grow the Wisconsin economy, but will instead take revenues from other, far smaller tribes. The Ho-Chunk already operate four of the state’s 10 largest casinos. With the Wittenberg expansion, Ho-Chunk will have five of the state’s 10 largest under its control.
Ho-Chunk Nation's Wittenberg Expansion Violates its Compact
The Ho-Chunk Nation Compact designates Wittenberg as an “ancillary facility,” which is meant to be smaller in size and scope than a full-blown “gaming facility.” < According to the State’s own definition, the non-gaming business (such as a gas station) and the gaming business must be located in the same building. < The gaming business must generate less than 50 percent of the combined facility’s net revenue. < The non-gaming portion of the building must be physically larger than the gaming portion of the building.
Both the current casino and the proposed expansion violate this definition.
In addition, the Wittenberg Casino is operating on land that has not been determined eligible for gaming by the National Indian Gaming Commission.