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Ho-Chunk Nation Sues Insurers for Denial of Pandemic Loss Claims |  criminality

The Ho-Chunk Nation operates casinos in Madison, Black River Falls, Nekoosa, Tomah, Wisconsin Dells and Wittenberg. It also owns properties in Lake Delton, La Crosse, South Milwaukee, Lyndon Station, Baraboo, Mauston, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Rapids, Muscoda, Kildare, Port Edwards, North Freedom, Neillsville, New Lisbon and Green Bay, and in Illinois , Minnesota and Missouri.

The lawsuit does not say how much the Nation is claiming from its insurers, but asks for a declaration that its losses are covered by its insurance policies and asks to be awarded unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Last year, President of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Marlon WhiteEagle, told the State Journal that the loss of gaming revenue due to the pandemic had “rather crippled our tribal economy.” He said the six Wisconsin casinos across the country, which generate over 80% of its annual operating budget “are really the bread and butter of our funding.”

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