As Indian Gaming Grows, So Do Conflicts Among Tribes

Indian gaming revenue is on a pace to overtake commercial casinos, and it may not be a coincidence that conflicts among gaming tribes over market share also are on the rise.

On his way out the door in November, Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin announced a settlement in a dispute involving his state and two gaming tribes in the Milwaukee area.

Under the agreement, the obligation of the state of Wisconsin to compensate the Potawatomi Tribe for lost revenue from competition from an off-reservation casino proposed by the Menominee Nation would be cut in half, from $500m to $250m.

The Menominee casino, if it ever opens, would be located in the town of Kenosha, less than 32 miles south of Milwaukee where the Potawatomi casino operates.

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