Mayor threatens to shut down Duluth casino

Published 9:29 am Friday, January 6, 2012

DULUTH, Minn. — The mayor of Duluth is threatening to shut down the local Indian casino if an agreement cannot be reached on revenue sharing.

Mayor Don Ness says a 1986 contract with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa gives the city authority to halt gambling if the profit-sharing agreement is invalidated.

Ness says banning gambling would be the last resort for the city and says its goal is to come to an agreement. The Fond du Lac Band stopped sharing profits with the city in 2009. A federal judge has ruled in favor of ending the payments, but ordered the Fond du Lac to make good on back payments. Both sides have appealed the decision.

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Fond du Lac tribal chairwoman Karen Diver tells the Duluth News Tribune ( ) the mayor’s word promote hatred toward the band.