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City of Sioux City, SCE & MRHD resist Ho-Chunk motion in gaming license lawsuit


A group, led by Ho-Chunk Incorporated, will have to fight for their petition to join the legal battle against Iowa gaming regulators.

Nearly two weeks ago, Warrior Entertainment, which includes Ho-Chunk, and its non-profit partner "Siouxland Strong", filed a petition to join the Belle of Sioux City's lawsuit against the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. At the heart of the suit is the IRGC's decision to award a gaming license to Sioux City Entertainment, and its non-profit partner Missouri River Historical Development, for Sioux City's new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

In its objection, IRGC, SCE, MRHD and the city of Sioux City say Ho-Chunk lost its bid for that gaming license when gaming regulators selected SCE in April of 2013. The parties also say the gaming license application, which was signed by Ho-Chunk CEO Lance Morgan, included language that Ho-Chunk waived any claim for loss, expense or damage against the I-R-G-C.

The parties also claim Ho-Chunk's petition makes it look like the group is trying to "piggyback" their independent claims against the I-R-G-C into Belle's case.

Thursday, many of these parties will be back in court, in Des Moines. A judge will hear arguments in Penn National Gaming's breach of contract suit against MRHD.

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