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Continued: Tribe ordered to pay Duluth $10.4 million in casino revenue back payments

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 9, 2013 - 10:49 PM

Diver said the band halted payments to the city when it began questioning the legality of its 1994 agreement with the city, which said that the band would pay 19 percent of its revenues to Duluth for 25 years, and for an unspecified rate for the succeeding 25 years.

While the dispute wound through federal court and arbitration, the band asked the National Indian Gaming Commission to review the 1994 consent agreement. It found that the agreement violated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which requires tribes to have “sole proprietary interest” for tribal casinos.

In 2012 and 2013 rulings, district and appellate courts agreed that the commission had the proper legal authority to make that call.

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168

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