Nebraska tribal corporation creates new casino division

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has created a new gaming division to manage the three casinos it hopes to open starting next year, planners said Wednesday.

Ho-Chunk, Inc., said it has launched WarHorse Gaming, LLC, to develop the casinos at three state-licensed horse-racing tracks in Omaha, Lincoln and South Sioux City. The corporation has partnered with the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, a horse racing industry group.

The plans are taking shape after voters passed a constitutional amendment last month to repeal Nebraska’s longtime ban on casino gambling. The measure was bankrolled by Ho-Chunk, Inc., and the horsemen’s group.

WarHorse managers said they hope to offer expanded gaming in some form in the latter half of 2021, with full casino operations up and running in 2022.

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