Wisconsin tribes get less from casino gambling

Madison, Wisconsin (AP) August 2010

A new audit shows Wisconsin’s 11 American Indian tribes made less money off of their 27 casinos between 2007 and 2009.

The Legislative Audit Bureau report shows that tribal profits from the casinos dropped about $56 million over that time, or roughly 9 percent.

The audit shows that the tribes made about $543 million in profits from the casinos last year, down from nearly $600 million in 2007.

The tribes’ total revenue from gambling was about $1.3 billion a year and down 1.4 percent between 2007 and 2009.

State revenue from all tribal gambling increased from $52 million to $124 million over the two-year period, due largely to a one-time $60 million payment made by the Ho-Chunk tribe in 2008.