UPDATE: City Sues Federal Government Over Fond du Luth Casino

By KBJR News 1

UPDATE: City Sues Federal Government Over Fond du Luth Casino

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Duluth city attorneys are confident they have a strong case against the federal government concerning past court decisions about the Fond du Luth casino's revenue sharing.

Fond du Lac tribal chair Karen Diver says if you look at the city's track record for casino court decisions, the band has little to worry about.

Filed Tuesday, a civil lawsuit against the National Indian Gaming Commission is attempting to overturn a decision outlawing any revenue sharing of casino profits between the city of Duluth and the Fond du Lac Band.

Both parties entered into a contract in 1986, allowing a casino to function in downtown Duluth, and allowing the city to collect 19% gross revenue from chance video games.

City Attorney Gunner Johnson says the N.I.G.C's decision banning revenue sharing, should be held accountable in federal court.

He says other cities and states have similar revenue sharing partnerships that are deemed legal.

"Milwaukee, Lancing, Michigan...there are examples of it and like I said our expert pointed out, 207 different examples across the United States where there is some type of form of payment to the governmental entity," said Johnson at city hall.

It's unknown when the case will be heard in Washington D.C.

Zach Vavricka

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