Duluth Loses Case Over Casino Agreement

Judge Rules Against City of Duluth in Casino Case

The city of Duluth has lost its legal battle over the Fond–du–Luth Casino.

Tuesday a federal judge backed up a 2011 court ruling which found a 25 year agreement between the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the city null and void.

That ruling stopped payments from the tribe to the city for the use of the casino land and resulted in the loss of millions of dollars for the city of Duluth.

The court had ruled the agreement violated the requirement that the band have the “sole proprietary interest” in the gaming activity as required by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.

Attorneys for the city had argued that earlier ruling was arbitrary, and did not follow the law.

But the judge disagreed, dismissing the case entirely.

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