Duluth files lawsuit against Fond du Lac Band

By KBJR News 1

Duluth files lawsuit against Fond du Lac Band

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth has filed another federal lawsuit against the Fond du Lac Band for its efforts to expand Indian trust land in Duluth.

The suit stems from an ongoing dispute about the property on which the Carter Hotel in Duluth sits.

The band bought the vacant Carter Hotel in 2010 and has applied to have it put into trust so that it can expand the Fond du Luth Casino.

The city alleges that the band violated its agreement not to put any more Duluth land into trust without the city's approval and consent.

A second part of the lawsuit alleges that the band broke its contract with the city when it asked the National Indian Gaming Commission to reverse its prior approval of casino contracts.

The City has not received contractual casino money for five years.

City leaders say they should have received about $30M in shared revenue in that time.

The lawsuit claims that the city suffered substantial damages because they would have used that money to help keep up Duluth streets.