Suit to reclaim Minn. casino money can go ahead

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge’s decision could allow Duluth to proceed with the city’s attempt to reclaim revenue sharing payments from the Fond-du-Luth Casino.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday rejected the Department of Justice’s motion for the city’s lawsuit to be dismissed.

The ruling apparently allows attorneys for Duluth to make their case that the National Indian Gaming Commission wrongly struck down the revenue-sharing agreement.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, which operates the downtown casino, stopped sharing casino revenue with the city in 2009.

The band’s revenue-sharing payments amounted to nearly $6 million a year for the city.

In an email to the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/1bTqUM2 ), Band Chairwoman Karen Diver noted that the band is not a party to the litigation.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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