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Potawatomi withhold payment to Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Forest County Potawatomi say they have not made their annual revenue sharing payment to the state of Wisconsin for their casino in Milwaukee because they anticipate the state will owe them money if Gov. Scott Walker approves a casino in Kenosha.

The Potawatomi released a statement Tuesday after Walker's office sent out an update on the casino project that noted the tribe had missed its payment. The tribe says the money has been placed in a segregated account. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the withheld funds are at least $25 million. The payment was due on June 30.

The Menominee Tribe wants to open an off-reservation casino in Kenosha to help pull its members out of poverty. A final decision on the project rests with Walker.

The Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Nation have been opposed to the project, but Walker says a deal has been reached with the Ho-Chunk Nation. Though the exact terms of the deal are not known, a compact signed with the tribe says the Ho-Chunk would owe the state less money if a competing casino is opened. Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said in a letter released Tuesday that he estimates the Ho-Chunk would be relieved of future revenue sharing payments a few years after the Kenosha casino opens.

The agreement signed with the Potawatomi tribe is more complicated and the exact extent of a deal that could be reached remains to be seen.

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