Reader's view: Learn more about Fond-du-Luth’s origin
Why is the city of Duluth filing lawsuits against the Fond du Lac Band?
High-stakes gambling was illegal in Minnesota but legal on federal tribal trust land. The city needed the band. Let that soak in.
The city received $6 million per year and up to $80 million from the casino. Was that money spent on street repairs?
In 2009, because of the illegality of the agreement of 1994, the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act declared the agreement illegal and notified the band to shut down or cease payments to the city.
The band offered the city compensation for police, fire protection and street repairs. City officials refused to negotiate.
The city of Duluth needs to build bridges, not barriers, with the band.
Read how it started between the city and the band. Public court records and newspaper archives are great sources.