Potawatomi sue over Kenosha casino reimbursement language
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Forest County Potawatomi have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's rejection of compact language that would have left the state on the hook for reimbursing the tribe if the rival Menominee Nation gets a casino in Kenosha.
Arbitrators in November came up an amendment to the Potawatomi's gambling compact with the state that formally established the state was responsible for reimbursing the tribe for Kenosha-related losses and laid out a process for calculating payments. The Bureau of Indian Affairs nixed the language earlier this month.
The Potawatomi filed suit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The tribe alleges that the Bureau of Indian Affairs exceeded its authority when it nixed the language earlier this month.
A BIA spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message.