Don’t give funds to Fond du Lac Band

To the Editor:

I can’t believe how $2.8 million Minnesota tax dollars could be spent.

These millions come from increased sales tax voted for in 2008 for the outdoor portion of the Legacy Amendment.

The appointed Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council approved this recommendation to the Legislature, which legislators usually follow, but don’t have to.

The $2.8 million is to help the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa buy up to 956 acres of land near the St. Louis River in northeastern Minnesota.

The rules of use will be governed by American Indian treaty rights territory. A Council member objected to the idea of giving the band control over regulations (article Brainerd Dispatch Dec. 16, 2013).

That money could be used to purchase land that would come off tax rolls.

I think this is the same band that signed an agreement with Duluth to pay a percentage of income from a casino to pay for city services. The band quit paying a few years ago and was taken to court.

Why would any Minnesota taxpayer want their tax money given to them to make up the shortfall?

Call or write elected people in St. Paul. Tell them  this is a terrible idea. — Shirley Stukey, Hillman

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