Tribe president avoids dispute in state Legislature address

Tribe president avoids dispute in state Legislature address

The president of a tribe that plans to withhold nearly $1 million from the state over a casino dispute says the state will be stronger if tribal leaders and state leaders are “united as allies.”

That was the message that Stockbridge-Munsee President Shannon Holsey delivered to lawmakers Tuesday in the annual State of the Tribes speech.

She did not refer to the tribe’s threat to withhold gambling payments from the state in a dispute over the Ho-Chunk Nation’s plans to expand a casino in Wittenberg near the Stockbridge-Munsee’s casino.

Holsey’s speech is on behalf of all 11 of the state’s federally recognized tribes. She is focusing on finding common ground with lawmakers and affirming shared goals, including protecting the Great Lakes, battling opioid addiction and expanding broadband access.

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