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(Massachusetts) -- Legal appeals were filed this week over a disputed tribal casino on Martha's Vineyard. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) wants.


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The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is a federally recognized tribe of Wampanoag on tribal property. Should anything go wrong at the casino, the Town of Aquinnah was neither willing nor able to assume those responsibilities.".


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The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to delay the opening of its long-โ€‹awaited casino in Massachusetts. Two years ago, the tribe.


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Photo above shows the former community center for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head that will be transformed into the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino. The illustration.


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The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is a separate entity from the Aquinnah Wampanoags, with approximately 2, tribal members who live on Cape.


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The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard. Aquinnah Cliffs, Moshup Trail, Natural Resources, Environmental and Economic Planning.


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Andrews-Maltais wrote in a March 27 letter to the state. Continue readingโ€ฆ. Responding to a request from the tribe for guidance, the Interior Department concluded in that the tribe would be eligible to conduct gaming on tribal lands outside of Aquinnah, provided that it otherwise followed the requirements of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act IGRA. Deval Patrick for a gaming license for one of those three sites. Meanwhile, there are sharply differing views of the extent to which the state can control gaming on tribal land in Aquinnah and other land the tribe may acquire on the mainland. A meeting was held on Tuesday this week between attorneys for the tribe and the state. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah has vowed to go to federal court if necessary to win the right to build a casino, after Gov. The Vineyard Wampanoags put in a formal request in March with Governor Patrick to begin negotiations. Andrews-Maltais wrote in an e-mail to the Gazette. The tribe is competing for one of three state casino licenses reserved for an Indian tribe, working against a July 31 deadline to reach an agreement with the governor. There are three parcels of land under consideration by the tribe to build a casino; in Lakeville, Freetown and Fall River. The specific location on the Island has not been described. The tribe has three pieces of land under option in Lakeville, Freetown and Fall River to build a commercial casino, and has requested to enter into negotiations with Gov. A spokesman for the state housing and economic development office, which is overseeing the new state gaming law, said yesterday that the governor has no desire to pit one tribe against another. Rappaport said he believes the landmark state Supreme Judicial Court case that found the tribe had waived part of its sovereignty when it signed a settlement agreement with the town and is bound to follow state and local zoning laws, means a casino cannot be built on trust lands in Aquinnah. This week the tribe celebrates its 25th anniversary of becoming a federally recognized tribe, and has about members on the Island and about 1, across the country. Two weeks ago the tribe announced through a new Web site plans to possibly build a casino on land it owns in trust in Aquinnah. Interior Department issued a contradictory opinion. Andrews-Maltais hinted that the tribe was considering a casino on the Vineyard. The contrary views first surfaced in , when the tribe was pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful effort to develop a casino in Fall River. A proposed Aquinnah casino reached legal and political crossroads this week, as the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah asked a federal judge to validate its gambling project just days before its members are to vote on a bid to scrap it. Page 1 Page 2 Next page.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} In an interview with the Gazette last month, Mrs. Dennis Saylor 4th in Boston before he rules on a key question โ€” does federal law allow the tribe to operate a class II gambling venue in Aquinnah. A state law allowing casinos, passed late last year, set up a short timeline that required tribes to identify and if necessary buy land, gain community approval for a casino and negotiate license terms with the state. The letter was widely seen as a blow to the efforts by the Vineyard Wampanoags to build a casino, but in a statement issued yesterday, tribal chairman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais said the tribe still sees plenty of room for negotiation. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}In the wake of a decision by the U. In a landmark ruling in , the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the tribe had waived part of its sovereignty when it signed a settlement agreement with the town in Read more at Bloomberg. But the tribe contends that federal Indian gaming law trumps state law. The U. Supreme Court Monday to not review the Wampanoag casino case, tribal leaders in Aquinnah said they are ready to move ahead on plans to build a bingo hall on the Island. Andrews-Maltais wrote. District Judge F. Continue readingโ€ฆ.. The Vineyard tribe is also bound to follow state and local zoning laws for land use projects. Lawyers for the tribe and for the state, the town and a community association made their final arguments Wednesday to U. In her e-mail Mrs. Andrews-Maltais said. Referendum votes have been scheduled in all three towns for May, and meetings with local officials to unveil financial backers are scheduled for the coming weeks. Claiming the state has the right to regulate gambling on Indian lands, an attorney for the governor wrote in a letter that the Vineyard tribe waived its sovereignty more than 20 years ago when it signed a settlement agreement. Rappaport for an opinion on whether this would be allowed. The governor requested more information, and a series of letters followed. The chairman of the Aquinnah selectman has asked town counsel Ronald H. The dispute is based on different interpretations of the settlement agreement that led to federal recognition of the tribe, as well as federal Indian law and court cases involving other tribes. But something that would be conducive to the Island, a modest small footprint. Would you ever see a Foxwoods or Las Vegas style casino here?