The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians voted against continuing to fund the Shullsburg Gaming Fee-to-Trust application on Wednesday, April 30.
The referendum vote results were 140-138, practically a tie, with just two votes tipping the balance to halt funding of the fee-to-trust application.
However, according to Joseph Hunt, head of public relations for the tribe, they are still pushing to get the application completed.
“What I heard was that the tribe is still planning to move forward with the project with no interruption,” said Hunt.
Hunt also said that although the tribal council is the final decision maker there have been some internal differences of opinion within the tribe.
According to Hunt the tribe contacted Shullsburg city officials after the vote and sent assurances that things are moving forward.
Shullsburg’s newly elected mayor, Gloria Swenson, referred inquiries to Hunt.
In 2012 the tribe voted on a special referendum to move forward with the trust land application with 217 in support and 141 opposed.