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Federal Judge Dismisses Tribe’s Lawsuit Over Ho-Chunk Casino

Stockbridge-Munsee Band Of Mohicans Plans To Appeal, Spokeswoman Says

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A federal judge has dismissed a northern Wisconsin tribe’s lawsuit over the expansion of a rival tribe’s casino.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson found last fall that the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans was too late in filing its lawsuit to block the Ho-Chunk Nation from expanding its casino in Wittenberg, which opened in 2008. But he held open the question of whether its claims against the state were also barred by a six-year statute of limitations.

In a decision Friday, Peterson dismissed the lawsuit, finding that the Stockbridge-Munsee’s claims against the state were also subject to a six-year statute of limitations, which lapsed in 2014. He rejected the tribe’s claims that the time started running last year.

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Stockbridge-Munsee spokeswoman Megan Hakes told the Wisconsin State Journal the tribe will appeal.