Federal Court Denies Fond du Lac Band Effort to Delay Case with Duluth over Gaming Revenue Sharing

Fond du Lac Band had asked for a continuance to allow the National Indian Gaming Commission to weigh in on the agreement with the City of Duluth. No go. Here are the materials in City of Duluth v. Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (D. Minn.):

Magistrate Report denying Motion for Continuance

DCT Order Adopting R&R

Prior summary judgment materials favoring the City are here.

TV Coverage of Grand Traverse Band Revenue Sharing Projects

From GTB Chairman Derek Bailey (Bailey Blast July 31 2009):

This past Wednesday, July 29th, the 7&4 News channel did an excellent feature story on the Grand Traverse
Band’s recent 2% allocation. The positive message is a necessary reminder of how through 2% allocations,
citizens of northern Michigan truly benefit from tribal gaming. To view the 7&4 News broadcast, please click
on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_9PEjiKTyk. Especially during these tougher economic
times, the tribes continued financial contributions to schools, organizations, counties equates to communities,
families and individuals being better served and living with more opportunities.
This cycle’s allocation amount was $791, 179.75 and was awarded to 34 applicants (65 applications were
received with a totaled request of $2,642,065.00). Twice a year, 2% gaming revenue allocations are made to
local units of government, resulting from terms of the consent decree which settled Tribes v. Engler (Case no.
1:90-CV-611, U.S. District Court, Western District Michigan).

This past Wednesday, July 29th, the 7&4 News channel did an excellent feature story on the Grand Traverse Band’s recent 2% allocation. The positive message is a necessary reminder of how through 2% allocations, citizens of northern Michigan truly benefit from tribal gaming. To view the 7&4 News broadcast, please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_9PEjiKTyk. Especially during these tougher economic times, the tribes continued financial contributions to schools, organizations, counties equates to communities, families and individuals being better served and living with more opportunities.

This cycle’s allocation amount was $791, 179.75 and was awarded to 34 applicants (65 applications were received with a totaled request of $2,642,065.00). Twice a year, 2% gaming revenue allocations are made to local units of government, resulting from terms of the consent decree which settled Tribes v. Engler (Case no. 1:90-CV-611, U.S. District Court, Western District Michigan).

Pokagon Band Gaming Revenue Sharing News

From the Herald Palladium:

About $6.2 million in electronic gambling profits and interest from the Four Winds Casino is to be released within a few weeks to a board that will distribute it to local governments and school districts.

The Pokagon-Harbor Country Local Revenue Sharing Board voted unanimously Monday to have the money transferred to accounts the board is opening at Horizon Bank.

The board is aiming to begin distribution within 60 days, said member Jeanne Dudeck, the Chikaming Township supervisor.

The release of the money will end a delay of more than a year by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, which owns the casino in New Buffalo Township. The tribe is holding the money in an interest-earning escrow account.

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