Doubling Down: The Great Divide in Indian Gaming

Slot machines and other games light up the gaming floor at the Menominee Casino in Keshena, Wis. Photo by Lukas Keapproth, Green Bay Press Gazette

I led reporting of a seven-part series called “Doubling Down: The Great Divide in Indian Gaming” while a member of the investigative team for 10 newspapers then owned by Gannett (now, the USA Today Network).

The series hinged on audits I obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, submitting 55 separate requests to five federal agencies. The documents included closely guarded information about gambling profits and how tribes spent that money, giving readers an unprecedented view of the disparities across tribes with ties to Wisconsin.

Links below lead to 5 separate stories that I reported and wrote independently as part of the larger series. Each story was published between Feb. 23 and March 9, 2014.

Casinos pull tribes out of despair, but gaming hasn’t been cash cow for all Wisconsin tribes

Members payouts remain controversial: Wealthiest tribes pay thousands in payments scorned by some communities

Health care helped by gaming money: Facilities improve but show tribes’ differences

Betting on the future: Major changes in gaming could affect Wisconsin tribes

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