Skip to comments.Fond du Lac Band wants to add to reservation in downtown Duluth
Posted on 12/21/2011 9:37:39 AM PST by DManA
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has applied for federal permission to increase the size of its reservation property within Duluth
Nevertheless, Ness considers the tax implications of losing additional city land to the band troubling.
An action like this would remove the building from our tax rolls and increase the burden for other taxpayers, he said.
Still, allowing the bands downtown trust land holdings to grow without Duluths consent could set a dangerous precedent, said City Attorney Gunnar Johnson.
If this happens to one block, what happens if they buy the next block? Johnson asked.
The city learned of the bands application to increase its trust land holdings downtown only after the U.S. Department of the Interior requested tax information from the Duluth City Assessors Office about the Carter property, located at 17-27 N. Second Ave. E.
The inquiry prompted Johnson to start asking questions, and thats when the city learned of the bands plans.
This came completely out of the blue, Ness said.
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This is unvbelievable to me.
Can’t they play a few gigs and earn some money? A good band can pull in two, three hundred bucks a night if they’ve got a good lead guitar.
The city has provided precisely no redevelopment of any kind in the area surrounding the reservation, referencing the Fond-du-Luth site.
The document goes on to say: This is while the city has spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving businesses remote from the reservation. As a result, the area surrounding the reservation has continued to deteriorate and is a haven for vagrants, hustlers and inebriates.
Am I wrong to think this might be better for Duluth? Giving the land back to the Indians seems pretty drastic and makes me suspect big money in the casino going under table to white man...somewhere, but it also kicks the bums out and revitalizes the city with something a little more likely to provide work to some.
oh man they want to expand the casino in duluth is all.
Why do the Chinese have their own countries in the US?
I bet those Fond Du Lac Indians are 85% White half breeds. Our Indians kinda want left alone, don't want our culture, casinos, and cities.
its funny now because we have a competing indian group wanting to build very near another indian casino,and that casinos people are decrying the "growth" of gambling, etc....LOL
we have no country left folks....lets just admit it...we have no control..no rule of law....
the govt can willy nilly give their favored friends whatever they want..land...money...license to rape and steal...
the maifia didn't think stealing money from the govt would be this easy....absolutely independent casinos with no tax burden and no forms to fill out operating at will and raking in billions and billions....
First impression: So a group of musicians need to book extra hotel rooms for their upcoming gig.
Well no that’s not all. It will take the parcel off the tax rolls and out of the city’s control for ever.
Deny the request on the grounds that the blocks targeted is the white man’s sacred ground.
So if a tribe can convince the BIA to tranfer a parcel to their reservation, a tribe can build a casino anywhere they please and a city, any city anywhere in the country, would have no say in the matter.
I see the abuse of govt money also. You see, the govt tried getting the Indians on a money based economy back in 50's & 60's. So they started all the welfare type programs, kinda destroyed many of the Indians, but then I know Indians who never want or get anything from govt. They claim if you get anything from the White man, you'll pay in the end and they'd rather do on their own.
hey works for me!!!
Let them buy it just as we buy it...by warranty deed...and pay the taxes. The problem is “Nation Buying”. They are aUS citizens and capable of buying as individuals or a corporation. Forget the tribal reservation cr**.
Yes. The band and the city are engaged in a legal dispute over the casino that is downtown. The band paid the city annually in exchange for the property and the promise for no other Indian gaming in Duluth. Recently the band sued to get out of its obligations to pay under a signed contract. The trust fund the city built up using that money is a big reason Duluth isn't bankrupt now.
There is a lot of bad blood here and it's only going to get worse.
Yep. You have to know the real story, as I figured. Lordy.