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Fond du Lac Band Wins Dispute With Duluth Over Profit-Sharing Payments

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The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa does not have to pay Duluth, Minnesota an estimated $12.4 million in casino revenue back payments from 2009-2011 for its downtown Fond-du-Luth Casino, ruled the Eighth Circuit court of Appeals, reversing a lower court's decision.

“Obviously, we are quite pleased with the ruling,” Chairwoman Karen Diver toldThe Duluth News Tribune.

The determination releases the tribe's previous obligation to share 19 percent of slot machine revenues from theFond-du-Luth Casino.

But Mayor Don Ness called the decision "devastating." In the next 14 days, the city plans to ask a full panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, not just the three judges who attended yesterday, to re-hear the case.