Wednesday, August 23rd

A Wisconsin Indian tribe that has threatened to withhold nearly $1 million from the state because of a dispute over another tribe's casino expansion in Shawano County filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the expansion.

The Stockbridge-Munsee filed the federal lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker and the Ho-Chunk Nation, which is expanding its once-limited gambling facility east of Wausau.

The lawsuit seeks several potential remedies to the dispute, including declaring the state in violation of the Stockbridge-Munsee compact because it is not protecting the tribe's interests and rights in not having another tribe develop a class III gambling facility near its only casino.

The tribe also asks a federal judge to order a preliminary injunction blocking the Ho-Chunk Wittenberg casino expansion until the lawsuit is resolved.