Mayor Don Ness

DULUTH, MN-Mayor Don Ness says the city of Duluth will appeal the latest court ruling that says Fond-du-Luth, the nation’s first urban tribal casino, does not have to honor an agreement to pay millions of dollars in rent to the city.

A panel of three judges from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier court ruling that voided certain parts of a 1994 consent agreement between the city and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, which owns the casino, the Star Tribune reports.

“From our standpoint, this is devastating news to the residents and taxpayers of the city of Duluth,” said Mayor Ness. The city, with a general fund budget of about $75 million a year, was counting on about $6 million a year from the casino, according to the mayor. See story in the Star Tribune.