After finishing a $6.2 million renovation of its Fond-Du-Luth Casino in Minnesota last year, the Fond Du Lac Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are remaining silent on what they intend to do with an adjacent parcel of land they acquired in 2010.
The Carter Hotel sits on the one-acre site next to the Duluth casino and the tribe stated that they want to demolish the historic but damaged building after a ruling from the Bureau Of Indian Affairs comes into force from Saturday, barring the appearance of any potential appeal. The edict from the federal body will see the land placed into a special trust, which would mean that any new enterprise on the site would be exempt from local property taxes and most city regulations.
“I’m not prepared to talk about that at all,” Wally Dupuis, Chairman for the Fond Du Lac Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, told the Duluth News Tribune newspaper.
The city of Duluth had earlier attempted to stop the tribe from obtaining the downtown land but lost a decision in federal court and the structure could now face the wrecking ball as early as the summer.
“We are in communication with the Fond Du Lac Band,” Duluth mayor Emily Larson told the newspaper. “The Carter Hotel is part of this communication and we are aware of the Friday appeal date. I understand this is an important issue and relationship and am investing time and energy accordingly. I won’t speak more broadly at this time.”