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Appellate judges affirm tribal casino lawsuit dismissal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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’s casino expansion.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans sued in 2017 to block the Ho-Chunk Nation from expanding its Wittenberg casino, which opened in 2008. U.S. District Judge James Peterson dismissed the lawsuit in February 2018, finding the Stockbridge-Munsee’s claims were subject to a six-year statute of limitations that lapsed in 2014.

A three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Peterson’s decision on Tuesday. The panel agreed that the Stockbridge-Munsee waited too long to bring the lawsuit.

Stockbridge-Munsee spokeswoman Megan Hakes didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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