The state of Wisconsin has only two federally recognized Indian tribes, one of which is the Ho-Chunk Nation, offering casino gaming for residents. The Ho-Chunk Nation has announced they are considering the creation of a new facility that would offer a museum, sports complex or entertainment close to the tribe’s Madison casino.
Representatives of the tribe are currently in discussions on the matter with officials of the city as well as owners of venues in the neighborhood. The discussions are taking place to determine how the 48 acres near the Madison gaming facility can be used.
Because talks of the project have just started, it is unclear as to how much money will be allocated for the project. The Mayor of Madison, Paul Soglin, stated that city officials are interested in the proposal of the Ho-Chunk tribe and will pay attention to the project. Once the city has examined the site, more information will be revealed to the public as to what the project may entail.
Just last year, the Ho-Chunk tribe hired a planning firm, Urban Assets, to determine the options for use of the land. The land currently is home to two parking lots for the casino and an empty 44 acres. Alone with the museum, sports complex and entertainment facility, the tribe may also consider lodging or retail space.