(5/2/14) The Ho-Chunk Indian tribe will spend 144-million dollars for improvements at four of its casinos throughout Wisconsin.
Various expansions and upgrades are planned at the tribe's two largest gaming houses at Wisconsin Dells and Black River Falls. A hotel, conference center, and more gambling space will be added to the tribe's smallest full-fledged casino near Nekoosa -- plus a hotel and conference center at the newest Ho-Chunk location near Wittenberg. Tribal officials say the work will begin this fall, with parking ramps to be added first at each site. The governor's office confirms that state approval will not be needed, since the casinos are on tribal-owned property and they appear to be in line with the Ho-Chunk's current gaming agreement with the state. Almost 320 total jobs would be added at the four properties.