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State says Ho Chunk lawsuit is attempt to delay payment

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The state of Wisconsin says a lawsuit filed by the Ho Chunk Nation is just an attempt to delay collection of $72 million.

The state says the Ho Chunk owes that money for the casinos it operates.

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The tribe says it isn't obligated to pay.

The suit filed in Dane County Circuit Court concerns the question of whether Gov. Doyle had the right to sign a contract with the tribe that would never end.

The Ho Chunk says a 2004 court ruling disallowing a perpetual contract with another tribe should cancel its contract as well.

A federal lawsuit about the contract with no ending date is pending right now.

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