Winnebago Tribe orders audit of Ho-Chunk Inc
Leaders of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska have ordered an audit of Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe's development corporation.

The tribal council says it wants to know who is benefiting from HCI. The company saw $113 million in revenues in 2006, up from $22.9 million in 2000. Assets have grown to $42 million from $8 million.

But some within the tribe don't think enough profits are going back to the community. “It’s not that the tribal council doesn’t support what (Ho-Chunk is) doing, they just want information,” Ramona Wolfe, a council member told the Associated Press.

Lance Morgan, a tribal member who runs HCI, was briefly suspended in August by the company's board. Tribal members subsequently removed the board.

HCI owns Indianz.Com and its sister e-commerce site http://www.allnative.com.

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Nebraska's Winnebago tribe feuding over $100 million business (AP 11/12)

Relevant Links:
Ho-Chunk Inc - http://www.hochunkinc.com
Winnebago Tribe - http://www.winnebagotribe.com

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