Tribe questions state review of Ho-Chunk expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ An American Indian tribe is questioning why Gov. Scott Walker's administration isn't applying the same criteria to a northern Wisconsin casino expansion as it has for previous proposals.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans tribe argues Walker rejected the Menominee tribe's Kenosha expansion proposal in 2015 after considering community support, approval from other tribes and the increase in gambling. Stockbridge-Munsee attorney Dennis Puzz says there are no indications the state applied those measures to a Ho-Chunk Nation expansion underway in Wittenberg. 

The site is 17 miles from the Stockbridge-Munsee's casino. Legislators and four other tribes have written to the state since September urging further review.

The Department of Administration didn't immediately respond to questions.

 The Stockbridge-Munsee has warned it intends to withhold $923,000 in state gambling payments over the dispute.

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