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Ho-Chunk Nation dismissed from casino expansion lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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 James Peterson has dismissed Ho-Chunk from the lawsuit. The Stockbridge-Munsee sued the Ho-Chunk and the state over the Ho-Chunk’s plans to expand its casino in Shawano County, which is located near another gambling hall run by the Stockbridge-Munsee.

The Journal Sentinel reports Peterson says the Stockbridge-Munsee waited too long to challenge the Ho-Chunk and should have sued in 2008 when the Ho-Chunk casino first opened. The Stockbridge-Munsee said Thursday it will appeal the ruling.

Peterson says he’ll rule later on the Stockbridge-Munsee’s claim against the state. The tribe says regulators were not holding the Ho-Chunk to the terms of its casino agreement with the state.

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