Last week, members of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Council presented a check for $25,000 to the Danbury Fire Department. The check was presented on June 21 in Danbury, and was made possible due to the Tribe’s gaming compact, first established with the State of Wisconsin in 1991. Tribal/State gaming compacts are negotiated between the Tribe and the State to set forth rules, regulations, and conditions under which the Tribe may conduct their gaming. The gaming compact confirms the Tribe’s right to operate their gaming enterprises with oversight from the State, provided the Tribe pays an annual percentage to the State for supplying such oversight. The State of Wisconsin has entered into gaming compact agreements with eleven (11) federally recognized Tribes in Wisconsin, as permitted by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, 25 U.S.C. sec. 2701 (Act).
As written in the gaming compact, the Tribe’s annual payments to the State can be directly offset, reducing the Tribe’s financial liability to the State, via contributions to “local units of government” whom the Tribe has a “service agreement” with. The contributions cannot exceed $150,000.00 per year. Contributions up to $150,000.000 will then be applied against the Tribe’s total, annual remittance to the State.