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State warns Potawatomi it could lose games

Published On: Aug 28 2014 07:23:28 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2014 09:47:33 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker's administration has warned the Forest County Potawatomi tribe that it could lose about 2,000 slot machines if it succeeds in withholding its $25 million annual payment to the state.

The Potawatomi say they're withholding the money because the state may end up owing the tribe money if Walker approves the Menominee tribe's proposed Kenosha casino. The Potawatomi fear a Kenosha casino would significantly cut into their Milwaukee casino profits.

The administration's attorney sent the Potawatomi a letter in July warning the tribe its stance could invalidate the tribe's 2003 compact amendment. The tribe's 1998 compact agreement would then slide back into effect, limiting the tribe to offering only 1,000 electronic games in Milwaukee. A 2012 state report says the tribe offers 3,104 electronic games at the facility.

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