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Winnebago tribe resolves conflict

9 April 2008

WINNEBAGO, Nebraska -- As reported by the Sioux City Journal: "Recent infighting between top officials in the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska appears to be over.

"The Winnebago Tribal Council and the Ho-Chunk Inc. board of directors have agreed to develop a comprehensive financial reporting system and communications plan to avoid repeating a nearly year-long string of disputes that have plagued the tribe and its $100 million business, Ho-Chunk Inc.

"The move to improve communication within the tribe came during a more-than-three-hour meeting last Thursday in Winnebago.

"'Everyone in the room recognized that there is this prenotion that there's this massive division in the tribal organization when in fact there isn't,' said Brian Chamberlain, HCI board member.

"But Chamberlain added that tensions in Winnebago were high following a recent financial review that stated the company appeared to be in poor condition and wasn't generating enough cash to pay off its debt..."

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