State Likely to Ask for Arbitration Over Tribal Casino

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wisconsin Administration Secretary Marc Marotta says he'll probably ask for arbitration by the end of the month if he hasn't sealed a deal with two Indian tribes to turn over casino revenues.

Marotta told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he is pushing for the deals with the Forest County Potawatomi and the Ho-Chunk Nation by the end of the state fiscal year on June 30th.

The agreements were thrown in disarray last year after the state Supreme Court said they were improper because they lacked an expiration date and allowed new games like craps and roulette.

The state and the tribes have been negotiating ever since.

Marotta says he wants the Potawatomi to make a nearly 44 million dollar payment due under the old deal by the end of June even if a new deal hasn't been reached.

Potawatomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford says the tribe wants to avoid arbitration but has not decided whether to hand over the funds.

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