Thursday, July 27th

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Native American tribe in northern Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to block another band from expanding a competing casino, arguing the project violates both tribes' gambling compacts with the state.

The Ho-Chunk Nation wants to add hundreds of slot machines, table games, a restaurant and a hotel to its casino in Wittenberg, and construction has begun. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans fears the development, less than 20 miles from its North Star casino-resort, could lure away gamblers and cost the tribe $22 million per year.

The lawsuit argues the Ho-Chunk's compact allows them to run only what's called an ancillary facility in Wittenberg — one where less than half the revenue comes from gambling — and the expansion would violate that agreement.