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Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin

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The nation has accused a former chairman of the tribal corporation that ran its Madison Ramada Inn motel of taking money from the business to create a fictitious job for his son. A lawsuit was filed Nov. 9 in Dane County Circuit Court against Harry Steindorf of Cottage Grove, who was chairman of the board and president of DJ Hosts Inc. Also named as a defendant was Steindorf's son, Jess. Court documents report DJ Hosts ran the Ramada at a loss from 1995 until it closed in 1998. The lawsuit says Harry Steindorf created the job of media specialist in November 1997, tailored the job description to Jess Steindorf's qualifications, then hired him without interviewing anyone else. Jess Steindorf, who had worked at the motel under a summer management training program, "telephoned in" his hours and rarely appeared at work from January 1997 to September 1998, his entire employment, the complaint states. The tribe estimates that it lost $14,591 for work not performed as well as $9,004 for flying lessons for Jess Steindorf which Harry Steindorf authorized DJ Hosts to pay, according to the suit. Harry Steindorf said Nov. 9 he was not aware of the lawsuit.