Gov. Tony Evers and Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill signed a historic compact amendment Thursday to allow betting on sporting events for the first time in Wisconsin.
“I’m grateful to Chairman Hill and the Oneida General Tribal Council for their partnership on this historic compact amendment,” said Gov. Evers in a statement. “The Oneida Casino is a critical source of revenue and employment for Oneida Nation and this expansion will bring new opportunities for employment and revenue growth to the Tribe.”
The amendment expands allowable gaming at Oneida Nation casinos and affiliate locations in the state of Wisconsin to include event wagering. It will be the first to allow event wagering, including sports betting, to occur in Wisconsin. Following today’s signing, the compact amendment will be sent to the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs for a 45-day review.
“This collaboration has been a great testament to intergovernmental agencies working together. When Oneida engaged with the State of Wisconsin by signing our first gaming compact in 1991, 30 years ago, we were a reservation with a struggling but growing economy. Since that time we have grown tremendously and can provide a better quality of life for our Oneida people and those who live on and around our reservation,” said Chairman Hill. “We have been fortunate to be working toward recovery in our economy and move toward keeping a safe, professional gaming entertainment facility for Wisconsin travelers. Tourism is an important component of Wisconsin economy.”
The current compact amendment does not allow for wagering on Wisconsin college athletics, elections for public office or events with participants under age 19.