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Wampanoag Aquinnah

5/4/2016

article Two vie for seat on Aquinnah board of selectmen
(Massachusetts) -- Annual town meeting season on Martha’s Vineyard wraps up next week in Aquinnah. On Wednesday, May 11, voters go to the polls between noon and 7...

4/19/2016

article SJC hands Vineyard officials victory against proposed development
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s highest court on Tuesday handed a victory to Martha’s Vineyard property owners who spent nearly two decades fighting to...

4/8/2016

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area
(Massachusetts) -- The Indian Health Service has expanded the service delivery area for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.

2/9/2016

article Wampanoag Tribe Begins Appeal in Federal Court Case
(Massachusetts) -- As promised, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is appealing a ruling that it has no legal authority to run a gambling facility on the Island...

2/3/2016

article Tribe moves forward with community center, gaming appeal
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), fresh on the heels of a tribal council vote to complete its long-unfinished community center for its...

1/31/2016

article Vineyard tribe sets aside bingo hall in wake of court ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is going to finish its community center, not as a bingo hall but as a place for tribe members of all ages...

1/28/2016

article With Clock Ticking, Tribe Votes to Finish Community Center
(Massachusetts) -- Elected leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe have voted to turn away from plans to convert an unfinished community center into a gambling facility...
article Commentary: Cultural Tourism
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Circle, that rare, remote place at the extreme western tip of the Vineyard with its majestic, windswept natural land features that speak...

1/7/2016

article Gay Head tribe’s bingo hall permanently banned by judge
(Massachusetts) -- The November dismissal by U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Saylor IV of the suit between the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the state was...

1/5/2016

article Judge issues permanent ban on Gay Head tribe's bingo hall
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge Tuesday agreed to strengthen his dismissal of the suit between the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the state, imposing a...

12/25/2015

article Judge won’t re-think rejection of tribe’s bid for Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday refused to reconsider a ruling that he issued last month rejecting a bid by the Aquinnah Wampanoag Indians to...

12/24/2015

article Judge Denies Tribe's Motion to Reconsider Casino Ruling
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge will not reconsider his recent ruling rejecting a bid by the Wampanoag tribe to build a casino in Aquinnah. In a one-sentence decision...
article Judge upholds ban on Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has upheld his ban on a bingo-style slot parlor on Martha’s Vineyard for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). In a one-...

12/23/2015

article Federal judge denies Wampanoag tribe’s request to review casino decision
(Massachusetts) -- In a one-sentence decision issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV denied a request by lawyers for the Wampanoag tribe of Gay...
article Judge declines to revisit decision banning Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge is standing by his ruling preventing a Martha's Vineyard-based Indian tribe from opening a small gambling facility on the island....

12/15/2015

article Tribe requests judge reconsider bingo hall ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) asked a federal judge Friday to reconsider his ruling barring the Martha’s Vineyard tribe from...

12/14/2015

article Wampanoag tribe takes first step to appeal judge’s casino ruling
(Massachusetts) -- As expected, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has asked U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to reconsider his ruling that the...

12/12/2015

article Wampanoag Tribe Asks Federal Judge To Reconsider Casino Ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah tribe on Friday asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision to reject its bid to build a gambling hall on tribal land.

12/11/2015

article Chilmark, Aquinnah, tribe unite to protect Menemsha Pond
(Massachusetts) -- With the long-awaited dredging of Menemsha channel by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about to begin, selectmen from Aquinnah and Chilmark, town...

11/28/2015

article Judge’s casino ruling to be appealed by Martha’s Vineyard Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Despite a ruling by a federal court judge, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Massachusetts has no plan to give up on its plan to open a casino...

11/25/2015

article Island tribe plans appeal of judge's ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has decided to appeal a federal judge’s ruling barring the Martha’s Vineyard tribe from opening...

11/24/2015

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to appeal decision in casino case
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts isn't giving up on its gaming plans despite a negative ruling in federal court. On November 13,...
article Wampanoag tribe will appeal court denial of gaming rights
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will appeal a decision by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV that the tribe cannot turn its long...

11/23/2015

article Tribe Will Appeal U.S. Court Ruling Denying Casino Rights
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will appeal a judge’s ruling denying it the right to operate a gambling hall in Aquinnah, a lawyer...

11/19/2015

article Judge Rules Tribe Gave Up Rights to Build Casino in Aquinnah
(Massachusetts) -- As it turns out, a gambling facility is not in Martha’s Vineyard’s foreseeable future. A federal judge has rejected legal arguments by the...

11/18/2015

article Island tribe considers appeal of court ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is reviewing Friday’s federal decision and its options for a possible appeal, Tobias Vanderhoop,...

11/16/2015

article U.S. District Court Judge Rules Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head cannot use community center for gambling
(Massachusetts) -- A community center that has been unused for a long time, owned by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, cannot be used as a gambling hall according to a...

11/14/2015

article Casino Plan for Martha’s Vineyard Blocked by Judge
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge blocked a Native American tribe’s plans to put electronic gambling machines on the Massachusetts vacation island of Martha...
article Court Denies Tribe Rights to Pursue Gambling on Martha's Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge Friday handed a significant legal victory to the state, the town of Aquinnah and a homeowners group in a decision rejecting assertions...
article Federal judge denies Vineyard tribe's bingo hall plan
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) have lost the latest battle over whether it can move forward with a bingo hall on Martha's Vineyard. A...
article Federal judge issues ruling against tribal casino on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by the Aquinnah Wampanoag Indians to open a casino on Martha’s Vineyard, saying the tribe’s...
article Judge says Wampanoag tribe may not build a gaming hall in Aquinnah
(Massachusetts) -- In a sweeping decision for the town of Aquinnah, the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S. District...

10/3/2015

article Martha’s Vineyard casino proposal splits island
(Massachusetts) -- A sweeping canvas of scrubby green pines, tawny pockets of sands, and flecks of blue ponds on the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard encompasses...

9/3/2015

article Aquinnah to Revisit Leases for Commercial Lots at Circle
(Massachusetts) -- With two commercial lots at Aquinnah Circle going unused, the selectmen have called for a meeting with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to...
article OP/ED: Aquinnah tribe's casino plan perplexes
(Massachusetts) -- My family has been coming to Martha’s Vineyard since the late ’50s. I have watched many changes this island has endured, some good, some...

8/24/2015

article Martha’s Vineyard Wagering Wampanoags
(Massachusetts) -- Opponents of the Class II bingo hall proposed by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts failed over the...

8/20/2015

article Promotional Booklet by Tribe Reveals Casino Details
(Massachusetts) -- A booklet circulated to members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) prior to a referendum over the latest plan to bring gaming to Martha...

8/17/2015

article Opponents to tribal casino on Vineyard fall short in vote
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian tribe faces firm opposition to its plans to open a casino on Martha’s Vineyard from a powerful group of private...
article Split Wampanoag tribe reaffirms Martha’s Vineyard bingo hall effort
(Massachusetts) -- Meeting Sunday just a short distance from their long-unfinished community center building, members of the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) split...
article Tribe to keep pursuing casino after referendum fails
(Massachusetts) -- A Martha's Vineyard tribe will continue pursuing a plan to turn an unfinished community center into a gambling hall after a tribal referendum to...
article Tribe votes to proceed with gaming hall on Martha's Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- A Native American tribe voted Sunday to continue its plan to convert an unfinished community center on Martha's Vineyard into a gambling hall, an...
article Tribe’s Plan for Martha’s Vineyard Casino Fails to Get Majority Vote
(Massachusetts) -- A referendum that would have allowed members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to bring electronic, bingo-style games to an unfinished tribal community...

8/16/2015

article Tribe Vote to Overturn Casino Deadlocks, Fails
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will stay the course with plans to build a gambling hall in Aquinnah following a deadlocked vote in a...
article Martha’s Vineyard tribe voting on controversial casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- A Native American tribe is voting on a plan to turn an unfinished community center into a gambling hall on the famed resort island of Martha's...
article Split Wampanoag tribe reaffirms Martha’s Vineyard bingo hall effort
(Massachusetts) -- Meeting Sunday just a short distance from their long-unfinished community center building, members of the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) split...
article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe argues for gaming rights in court
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and the state of Massachusetts squared off in federal court on Wednesday over the legality of a Class II gaming facility...

8/15/2015

article Editorial: Vineyard’s ‘other’ side
(Massachusetts) -- This past week’s federal court hearing over whether the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head has the right to build a casino on tony Martha...

8/14/2015

article Federal judge in Boston delays decision in Martha’s Vineyard casino case: Updated
(Massachusetts) -- Those seeking to stop the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) from turning an unfinished community center into a Class II tribal gambling...
article LETTER: Casino would be a disaster for Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- The Aug. 12 front-page article “On Martha’s Vineyard, old money vs. casino” described the efforts of the Wampanoag tribe to build a...
article Martha's Vineyard divided by Native American tribe's gamble on opening a casino
(Massachusetts) -- Summertime, and the living is pricey. Small hotels are charging $500 (£320) a night – without breakfast – and tourists renting a car...

8/13/2015

article Attorneys for Tribe, Town Square off in Federal Court about Aquinnah Casino
(Massachusetts) -- A proposed Aquinnah casino reached legal and political crossroads this week, as the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) asked a federal judge to...
article Tribe says they have legal right for casino on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Indians argued Wednesday that their plans to operate a modestly-sized casino on the western end of Martha’s Vineyard are...

8/12/2015

article Federal judge hears arguments in Wampanoag bingo case
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge on Wednesday declined to immediately rule on arguments presented by the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the groups...
article Future of tribe casino on Martha's Vineyard rests with judge
(Massachusetts) -- An Indian tribe planning to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t exercise enough governmental oversight on its tribal land there to...
article Judge hearing dispute over Martha's Vineyard gambling hall
(Massachusetts) -- Plans to open a tribal gambling hall on Martha's Vineyard are the focus of arguments in federal court. The state, town of Aquinnah and a local...
article Judge to consider tribal gambling hall on Martha's Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- An Indian tribe's plans to open a gambling hall on Martha's Vineyard is the focus of court arguments Wednesday, as the state seeks to block a...
article Aquinnah Tribe’s Slot Parlor Plan Back in Focus
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will vote on a casino question at the tribe’s general membership meeting Sunday. Tribal leaders want to convert...

8/11/2015

article On Martha’s Vineyard, tribe seeks casino to profit off summer residents
(Massachusetts) -- Summertime, and the livin’ is pricey. Small hotels are charging 500 bucks a night — without breakfast — and tourists renting a car...

8/8/2015

article The week ahead / Aquinnah Wampanoag Lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- Lawyers for the state and an Indian tribe on Martha's Vineyard will square off Wednesday, arguing before a federal judge why or why not the tribe...

8/7/2015

article Mass. Says Gaming Deal Defeats Martha’s Vineyard Casino [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts is continuing to fight a Native American tribe’s attempt to build a gambling facility in Martha’s Vineyard, telling a...

8/5/2015

article Wampanoag tribe anticipates bingo millions
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) expects to reap almost $400,000 per month — $4.5 million in the first year of operation — from...

7/31/2015

article Federal judge halts construction on Martha’s Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor ruled in Boston this week that the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe must stop construction on their planned Class...

7/30/2015

article Study Commissioned by Tribe Says Bingo Could Be Big Money
(Massachusetts) -- Just how much money could a tribal gambling facility in Aquinnah hope to generate? According to a study done for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (...

7/29/2015

article Federal judge orders tribe to stop work on bingo hall
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction that orders the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to stop...

7/28/2015

article Federal Judge Allows Injunction, Temporarily Halting Work on Aquinnah Casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge today enjoined the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) from any construction activity on a planned gambling facility. After a 50-...
article Judge halts plans for a casino on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- A federal court judge on Tuesday ordered the Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian tribe to halt construction work on a building the tribe says it hopes to open...
article Martha’s Vineyard Town Attempts to Stop Tribal Gaming Effort
(Massachusetts) -- Oral arguments are expected Tuesday in federal court as the town of Aquinnah tries to stop the local Wampanoag Tribe from converting a community...

7/25/2015

article Tribe Clears Federal Hurdle to Serve Alcohol in Gambling Hall Planned for Aquinnah
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has taken initial steps to be able to serve alcohol at its planned gambling facility on tribal land, a move...

7/24/2015

article Martha’s Vineyard Casino Plan Divides Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Plans to put electronic gambling machines in a community center here are dividing a Native American tribe, fraying relations with a local town and...

7/23/2015

article Tribal Chairman Smack in Middle of Legal Fight Over Casino
(Massachusetts) -- In the 26th floor conference room of a downtown Boston office building, Tobias Jonathan Vanderhoop sat for several hours, politely answering questions...
article Trained by a Medicine Man on Martha’s Vineyard, One Baker Gives Rise to an Honest Community
(Massachusetts) -- There could be nothing twee about a bakery whose owner learned pie-making from a Medicine Man — as did Julianne Vanderhoop, a member of the...

7/22/2015

article Aquinnah opponents share frustration, strategy over tribe bingo hall plans
(Massachusetts) -- A cross section of Aquinnah that included elderly longtime seasonal residents and members of the Wampanoag tribe, young parents, toddlers, and babies...

7/20/2015

article Tribal Council Elders, Youth Rally Cause Against Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Wampanoag tribal elders, families with young children, town officials and others are calling for greater public participation to block efforts by the...

7/15/2015

article Aquinnah asks judge to block work on tribe bingo hall
(Massachusetts) -- Stiff-armed by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the town of Aquinnah Tuesday asked a federal judge to order the tribe to stop work to turn...

7/14/2015

article Martha’s Vineyard: Town Moves to Block Construction of Casino
(Massachusetts) -- A casino fight is brewing on bucolic Martha’s Vineyard. The town of Aquinnah filed a request for a temporary restraining order Tuesday that would...
article Wampanoag Tribe Blasts Aquinnah Over Anticipated Court Filing
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) this morning fired a volley at the town of Aquinnah, blasting the town’s plan to file for a federal...

7/13/2015

article Tribe Will Take a New Vote on Aquinnah Casino Question
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) who oppose a casino have successfully petitioned for another vote on the issue at the tribe...

7/9/2015

article Martha's Vineyard town to tribe: Stop work on gambling hall
(Massachusetts) -- Officials in a Martha's Vineyard town are ordering an Indian tribe to halt construction work on a gambling hall. The town of Aquinnah issued a...
article Editorial: ‘Far-fetched’
(Massachusetts) -- Not content to wait for U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to decide if the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act trumps the settlement that...

7/8/2015

article Failed Aquaculture Grant Had Eyed Aquinnah Tribal Lands for Study
(Massachusetts) -- An ambitious grant proposal that may have benefitted the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) was recently turned down in the early phases of an...

7/7/2015

article Aquinnah Officials to Issue Cease and Desist Letter Over Gaming Hall Plan
(Massachusetts) -- Officials in the Martha’s Vineyard town of Aquinnah are planning to formally ask the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head to end its plans to convert a...
article Building Inspector Warns Wampanoag Tribe to Halt Construction on Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Aquinnah today delivered a cease and desist letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), warning it to halt any work on a gaming...
article Wampanoag Tribe ups the stakes in casino fight
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen met in a specially called executive session Monday morning, and voted unanimously to deliver a cease-and-desist letter to the...

7/6/2015

article Aquinnah Issues Cease and Desist Order to Tribe to Halt Work on Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah selectmen will send a formal cease and desist letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) asking the tribe to halt all activity...

7/5/2015

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe moving forward with plans for Martha’s Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- In a move that may complicate an existing request for a federal judge to rule on lawsuits against it, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has said they plan...

6/8/2015

article Judge to Rule on Dispute Over Martha’s Vineyard Casino Pla
(Massachusetts) -- The state of Massachusetts and an Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited Martha’s Vineyard are asking a federal judge to settle whether...

6/7/2015

article Tribe, opponents ask judge to decide on Martha’s Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge is being asked by the state of Massachusetts and a tribe descending from the first inhabitants of Martha’s Vineyard to rule on whether...

6/6/2015

article Dispute over Martha's Vineyard casino plan to be ruled on by judge
(Massachusetts) -- The commonwealth of Massachusetts and an Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited Martha's Vineyard are asking a federal judge to settle...
article Judge to rule on dispute over Martha's Vineyard casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- The state of Massachusetts and an Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited Martha's Vineyard are asking a federal judge to settle whether the...

3/20/2015

article Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head receives $49,585 in federal funding
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanaog Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) was recently awarded a $49,585 federal grant for historic preservation. The Martha's Vineyard-based...

3/12/2015

article Editorial: Fighting the good fight
(Massachusetts) -- Martha’s Vineyard residents and visitors benefit from a number of private, nonprofit organizations. Most rely on a dedicated core of volunteers...

3/4/2015

article Federal judge reaffirms Wampanoag Tribe settlement agreement
(Massachusetts) -- In a decision that goes to the bedrock of the longstanding legal relationship between the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the Martha’...

3/3/2015

article State Case Against Tribe Inches Along in Federal Court
(Massachusetts) -- A federal court case that could decide whether the Wampanoag tribe has the right to open a gaming facility in Aquinnah has inched forward with an...

1/14/2015

article Appeals court rules in favor of access to Aquinnah landlocked parcels
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled in a 2-1 decision handed down Wednesday that the owners of three tracts of land off Moshup Trail in Aquinnah...
article Aquinnah Tribe Adds to Land Holdings
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah recently purchased eight parcels of land totaling about 17 acres. The property is adjacent to land the tribe currently...

1/10/2015

article Tribe Expands Holdings With Real Estate Purchase
(Massachusetts) -- In its first land purchase in more than a decade, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has added 17 acres to its approximately 480 acres of land...

1/7/2015

article Wampanoag Tribe buys 17 acres in Aquinnah for $1.1 million
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has expanded its land holdings with the purchase on Dec. 30 of eight parcels, totaling 17 acres, off State...

1/5/2015

article Federal court hearing could determine fate of Aquinnah casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge will hear oral arguments later this month in a case that could decide whether the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) can...

9/2/2014

article Tribe contests denial of casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe is legally challenging Massachusetts’ decision to deny it the right to build a small casino on a remote part of...

9/1/2014

article Martha's Vineyard casino issue becomes a question of character
(Massachusetts) -- On the western tip of Martha's Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and...

8/28/2014

article Martha's Vineyard tribe responds to lawsuit against its casino plan, denies waiving its rights
(Massachusetts) -- An American Indian tribe proposing a casino on Martha's Vineyard argued in federal court filings on Wednesday that it never waived its sovereign...

8/27/2014

article Tribe responds to state suit against casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- An American Indian tribe has responded to a legal challenge filed by the state as it seeks to build a casino on a remote part of Martha's Vineyard...

8/25/2014

article Community Concerned Over Casino Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- On the western tip of Martha's Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and...

8/6/2014

article Judge: Martha’s Vineyard Town & Local Group Can Join Casino Lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- A Martha’s Vineyard town and a local taxpayer’s association can join the state’s lawsuit challenging plans to build a gambling...
article Judge: More parties can join Aquinnah casino suit
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Aquinnah and an association that represents taxpayers in the tiny island town are being allowed as parties to a lawsuit between Gov. Deval...
article Judge: Town, Local Group Can Join Aquinnah Casino Lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has ruled that a Martha’s Vineyard town and a local taxpayer’s association can join the state’s lawsuit challenging...
article Town, community group win right to join state suit against tribe casino
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV ruled from the bench Wednesday in U.S. Federal District Court in Boston that the town of Aquinnah and...

7/17/2014

article Tribe Dispute Over Casino Rights to be Decided in Federal Court
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Aquinnah and a group of residents have petitioned to intervene in a federal lawsuit over whether the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah...

7/16/2014

article Town prepares to fight island gaming
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Aquinnah and a community association are seeking to join a federal lawsuit to protect their rights as the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (...

7/11/2014

article Town on Martha's Vineyard seeks to join state's lawsuit against Indian tribe-proposed casino
(Massachusetts) -- A town on Martha's Vineyard and a local community association want to join the state's lawsuit seeking to block the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe...

7/3/2014

article Judge: Tribe gaming lawsuit remains in federal court
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s challenge of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe’s plans to build a gambling facility on the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard...

7/2/2014

article Court Ruling Paves Way for Martha's Vineyard Casino
(Massachusetts) -- A recent ruling by a U.S. District Court judge removes another hurdle in the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head's (Aquinnah) plan to open a casino on its...
article State hopeful that it will prevail over tribe
(Massachusetts) -- It's now up to a federal judge to rule if the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) can offer gambling on its reservation, but state officials...

7/1/2014

article Court ruling clears path for island casino
(Massachusetts) -- A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that a casino dispute between the state and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) involves federal rights...
article Judge: Aquinnah Wampanoag Lawsuit Remains in Federal Court
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has denied Gov. Deval Patrick's request to remand a lawsuit challenging the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's bid to build a gambling...
article Judge: Tribe lawsuit remains in federal court
(Massachusetts) -- The state's challenge of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's plans to build a gambling facility on the western tip of Martha's Vineyard belongs...
press release Urgent Statement to Media from the Aquinnah Wampanoag Gaming Corporation, issued following today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor
(Massachusetts) -- Please attribute the following statement to Cheryl Andrews Maltais, Chairwoman, Aquinnah Wampanoag Gaming Corporation (AWGC): "We are very...

6/18/2014

article Aquinnah tribe has big plans for Sandy funding
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) says the tribe will use an $882,793 grant to assess road repairs, remove invasive plants...

5/7/2014

article Candidates Present United Front Against Casino in Aquinnah
(Massachusetts) -- Two candidates vying for a single selectman’s seat in Aquinnah squared off Wednesday night at the old town hall in the smallest town on the...

4/30/2014

article Federal Ruling Favors Alabama Tribe in Casino Rights Case
(Massachusetts) -- A recent federal court ruling in Alabama over casino rights for Indian tribes has caught the attention of both sides in the dispute between the...

4/24/2014

article Attorney General rejects Aquinnah tribe's claim
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's office says a federal court decision on Indian casinos does not apply to the Wampanoag Tribe of...

4/18/2014

article Aquinnah tribe buoyed by gaming ruling
(Massachusetts) -- A federal court ruling that favored an Alabama tribe could boost the case for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to open a casino on its...

3/11/2014

article Jurisdiction at heart of Aquinnah casino push
(Massachusetts) -- For the first time, a federal court judge heard oral arguments on Monday about why the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) believes it has federal...

3/10/2014

article Judge mulls Aquinnah Wampanoag case venue / Vineyard bingo hall at issue
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to send the state’s case against the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah back to state...

2/26/2014

article Vote fails to kill Aquinnah tribal casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- An Aquinnah tribal casino appears likely to move forward after opponents failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority in a referendum to kill the...

2/25/2014

article Island Tribe to move ahead with Class II casino
(Massachusetts) -- Vineyard bingo buffs and poker partisans may soon be able to save a boat ride to the Cape and a bus ride to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun to lose their...
article Tribal referendum fails to defeat proposed Aquinnah casino
(Massachusetts) -- A referendum before the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to kill an island casino failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority during a...
article Vote fails to kill island casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- An Aquinnah tribal casino appears likely to move forward after opponents failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority in a referendum to kill the...

2/24/2014

article Under New Leadership, Tribe Presses Ahead With Casino Plans
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will proceed with efforts to build a casino on the Island after a referendum to quash the plan failed by...

2/18/2014

article New Tribal Chairman Pledges Collaboration
(Massachusetts) -- In Tobias Vanderhoop’s new office there is a chair engraved to Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Wampanoag tribal member to graduate from...

2/10/2014

article Tribe: No decision yet on possible Aquinnah casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has made no decision on whether to renovate its unfinished community center into a gambling facility, the...

1/9/2014

article New Tribal Chairman Pledges Collaboration
(Massachusetts) -- In Tobias Vanderhoop’s new office there is a chair engraved to Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Wampanoag tribal member to graduate from...

1/1/2014

article Martha’s Vineyard: Tribe wants gambling dispute settled by feds
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe wants a dispute over its gambling rights settled in the federal courts.

12/31/2013

article Aquinnahs switch lawsuit to Federal Court
(Massachusetts) -- If the Wampanoag Tribe from Martha's Vineyard has its way, the month-old suit by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against the Aquinnah Wampanoag...
article Wampanoag Tribe says casino is a federal case
(Massachusetts) -- In the face of a lawsuit filed by Gov. Deval Patrick on December 2 intended to block the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) from moving forward...

12/30/2013

article Casino issue belongs in federal court, island tribe says
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) say legal questions surrounding the tribe's rights to a casino belong in federal court, not...
article Mass. tribe wants gambling dispute settled by feds
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe wants a dispute over its gambling rights settled in the federal courts. The Martha's Vineyard-based tribe announced...
article Tribe Wants Casino Case Tried in Federal Court
(Massachusetts) -- Faced with a lawsuit challenging its right to build a casino in Aquinnah, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is seeking to have the case...
article Wampanoags shift state suit to federal court
(Massachusetts) -- A month-old suit by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will play out in federal court instead of...

12/27/2013

article Aquinnah’s Long and Winding Road to Gaming May Have Hit the Ultimate Roadblock
(Massachusetts) -- Just when the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) appeared to have finally overcome decades of legal and political problems in its quest to develop...

12/21/2013

article Don Berwick Stumps for Governor at Howes House
(Massachusetts) -- He wants to abolish hunger, expand alternative energy and affordable housing and has a utopian vision for a patient-centered health care system. He...

12/9/2013

article State suit aims to resolve tribe’s gaming rights
(Massachusetts) -- Joan Vennochi’s column “Patrick’s web of casino confusion” is itself confused (Op-ed, Dec. 5). The Aquinnah Tribe made a...

12/8/2013

article LETTER: State suit aims to resolve tribe’s gaming rights
(Massachusetts) -- JOAN VENNOCHI’S column “Patrick’s web of casino confusion” is itself confused (Op-ed, Dec. 5). The Aquinnah Tribe made a...

12/6/2013

article Massachusetts Sues Aquinnah Wampanoag to Stop Class II Gaming
(Massachusetts) -- The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has sued the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to stop the tribe from operating a small Class II gaming facility on its...

12/5/2013

article COLUMN: Deval Patrick’s casino confusion
(Massachusetts) -- Governor Deval Patrick, the patron saint of Bay State casinos, is now suing to stop one. Confused? You should be. The Patrick administration is trying...

12/3/2013

article Aquinnah vows to fight state's casino lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- The new leader of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is vowing to fight the Patrick Administration’s lawsuit that questions the tribe...
article Gov. Patrick flexes legal muscle to block casino plan on Martha's Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- The state filed suit Monday in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to potentially block the Wampanoag Tribe on the vacation getaway of Martha’s...
article Patrick files suit to block tribal gambling on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday filed a lawsuit seeking to block a proposed gambling facility on Martha’s Vineyard. Patrick wants the Supreme...
article WHITTLESEY: Aquinnah’s Long And Winding Road To Gaming May Have Hit The Ultimate Roadblock
(Massachusetts) -- Just when the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) appeared to have finally overcome decades of legal and political problems in its quest to develop...

12/2/2013

article Deval Patrick files suit to block Aquinnah Wampanoag gaming facility on Martha's Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday filed a lawsuit seeking to block a proposed gaming facility on Martha's Vineyard. Patrick is asking the Supreme...
article Governor Patrick Goes to Court to Block Wampanoag Casino on the Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick filed a lawsuit against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Monday seeking to block the tribe’s plans to build a...
article State files suit against Aquinnah Wampanoag to block casino
(Massachusetts) -- The state has filed suit against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to block an island casino. The suit filed today in Suffolk Superior Court...
article State sues to block Martha’s Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- Governor Deval Patrick’s administration today filed suit in state court to block the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah from opening a small casino on...
article State sues to block tribe’s Vineyard plan
(Massachusetts) -- Attorney General Martha Coakley, at the behest of the Patrick administration, yesterday sued to block the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah from opening a...

11/25/2013

article COMMENTARY: Casino Would Erode Martha's Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- Whenever the ferry pulls away from Woods Hole heading to Martha’s Vineyard, I exhale. I know in a quick 45 minutes I’ll have left behind...

11/23/2013

article Editorial: Until tribe’s casino plans jell, state need not show cards
(Massachusetts) -- IF THE Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe seriously plans to build a casino on its reservation on Martha’s Vineyard, and establishes that it has the right...

11/21/2013

article Wampnoags Elect Chairman, Marking New Era
(Massachusetts) -- Taking his victory as a mandate for more openness, the newly-elected chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) vowed this week to put the...

11/19/2013

article Aquinnah election adds new dynamic to Vineyard Casino
(Massachusetts) -- After announcing plans last week to forge ahead with a casino on Martha’s Vineyard, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah over the weekend...
article In casino, some see risks for Vineyarders
(Massachusetts) -- They call it the end-of-the-line syndrome: Residents choose to live on Martha’s Vineyard for its solitude but then turn to drugs and alcohol...
article New Tribal Chair Elected Amid Vineyard Casino Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The newly elected chair of the Wampanoag tribe of Aquinnah won’t say where he stands on the tribe’s proposed casino on Martha’s...
article Tribal vote seen as referendum on casino
(Massachusetts) -- Tobias Vanderhoop, the newly elected chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), is not completely slamming the door on a casino within...

11/18/2013

article New Tribal Chairman for Martha's Vineyard Casino Seekers May Fold on Gaming
(Massachusetts) -- A Martha's Vineyard tribe piqued the interest of gamblers and gamers in November when it expressed its right and interest to build a casino on...
article On heels of casino announcement, Aquinnah elect new leader
(Massachusetts) -- Soon after announcing plans to forge ahead with a casino on Martha’s Vineyard, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah voted out its chairwoman...
article Patrick still believes Wampanoag of Gay Head tribe forfeited its gaming rights
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick and a lawyer for the town of Aquinnah maintain that the Wampanoag of Gay Head forfeited their tribal gaming rights over two decades...

11/17/2013

article Tobias Vanderhoop elected to lead Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Tobias Vanderhoop, who resigned last year as tribal administrator, won election as tribal chairman Sunday, defeating Cheryl Andrews-Maltais in her...
article Tribal Election Under Way
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag tribal election was under way Sunday with much anticipation about who will be the next to lead the Vineyard’s only federally...
article Vineyard Wampanoags Elect New Chairman, Marking Generational Shift
(Massachusetts) -- Tobias J. Vanderhoop was elected chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Sunday in a much-watched tribal election, unseating two-term...
article Casino At The Heart Of Tribal Election On Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- An opinion from the National Indian Gaming Commission recognizing the Wampanoag tribe’s right to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard is...
article In casino, some see risks for Vineyarders
(Massachusetts) -- They call it the end-of-the-line syndrome: Residents choose to live on Martha’s Vineyard for its solitude but then turn to drugs and alcohol...
article OP/ED: Gaming Games
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah casino announcement came just five days before tribal chairman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais faces a tough re-election battle against former...
article Tribal vote further reduces the chances of a Vineyard casino opening anytime soon
(Massachusetts) -- While the odds were always against a Martha’s Vineyard casino, the concept just became more improbable. That’s because Cheryl Andrews-...

11/16/2013

article 2d federal agency backs Vineyard tribe’s casino rights
(Massachusetts) -- Another federal agency has concluded in a legal analysis that the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah has the right to pursue a casino on its land on Martha...
article Casino At The Heart Of Tribal Election On Martha’s Vineyard
(Washington D.C.) -- An opinion from the National Indian Gaming Commission recognizing the Wampanoag tribe’s right to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard is...
article In Election Countdown, Wampanoag Casino Plan Reignites Legal Dispute
(Massachusetts) -- With a pivotal tribal election days away, the prospect of a Vineyard casino was thrust back into the spotlight this week as the chairman of the...
article Editorial: Gaming Games
(Massachusetts) -- The only real surprise in the announcement from tribal chairman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais this week that the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)...
article News Roundup: Aquinnah Tribe Claims Approval for Casino; Falmouth Turbine Debate Continues; & more
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) says it has federal approval to open a casino on Martha's Vineyard; an arrest is made in the death of...

11/15/2013

article Mass. Gov. to meet with tribe on casino dispute
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick says he plans to meet with leaders of the Wampanoag of Aquinnah but does not anticipate a change in the state's position that...
article Wampanoag Tribe to Open Gambling Hall on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard in Boston has said that it has received permission to open a casino-style gambling hall on the...

11/14/2013

article Martha’s Vineyard mixed on Aquinnah casino
(Massachusetts) -- As year-round islanders bundled up for the first snowfall, the vast majority of restaurants and inns shuttered for the winter, it was hard for...
article Our View: Casino law plays out
(Massachusetts) -- It's a safe bet that legalized casino gambling wasn't predicted to play out like this. The right combination of developers, investors, host...

11/13/2013

article Aquinnah announce plans for Martha's Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- In a development that jolted the casino landscape in southeastern Massachusetts, the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe announced Tuesday that it has federal...
article Aquinnah move upsets Massachusetts's casino scenario
(Massachusetts) -- Originally iced out of the state’s plan for expanded gaming, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head announced plans on Tuesday to open a small,...
article Aquinnah tribe: Feds OK Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- Buoyed by a new federal legal opinion that it has rights to open a casino on its island land, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) plans to...
article Gov to Wampanoag: Don’t bet on state gambling license
(Massachusetts) -- A boutique Martha’s Vineyard casino probably isn’t in the cards for the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, Gov. Deval Patrick said yesterday,...
article Gov. Patrick doubtful Vineyard casino will happen
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick said he doesn't think it's possible the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah can build a boutique Martha's Vineyard casino...
article Martha's Vineyard casino? Tribe to move ahead with slots-parlor plan on 26 acres
(Massachusetts) -- With a fresh federal legal opinion in support of their rights there, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) plans to build a small gambling...
article Patrick challenging plans for Martha's Vineyard gaming facility
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick and a lawyer for the town of Aquinnah maintain the Wampanoag of Gay Head forfeited their tribal gaming rights over two decades ago...
article Reaction mixed to proposed Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- Jay Smalley knows the path well. From the docks in Vineyard Haven, it is winding, taking tourists fresh off the ferries to the lighthouse and bluffs...
article Tribe advances gambling plan
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head in the Martha’s Vineyard town of Aquinnah say they are moving ahead with plans for a new gambling...
article Wampanoag Tribe Plans Casino in Martha’s Vineyard Enclave
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard said a U.S. agency cleared the way for a casino-style gambling hall on the Massachusetts island known...

11/12/2013

article After Notable Eastie Bid is Voted Down, Martha's Vineyard Might be Getting a Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Just as quickly as an East Boston casino bid came and went, another Massachusetts gaming facility might be springing up off the coast of Cape Cod. The...
article Aquinnah tribe says it's won federal approval for Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) says it has federal approval to build a casino on its reservation land on Martha's Vineyard.
article Martha’s Vineyard mixed on Aquinnah casino
(Massachusetts) -- As year-round islanders bundled up for the first snowfall, the vast majority of restaurants and inns shuttered for the winter, it was hard for...
article Tribal Chairman Says All Clear for Vineyard Bingo Facility
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) vowed Tuesday to move ahead with plans to build a class II gaming facility in Aquinnah...
article Tribe Claims Approval for Martha’s Vineyard Casino, Reviving Fight
(Massachusetts) -- An Indian tribe on Martha’s Vineyard said Tuesday that it had obtained approval from a federal agency to open a casino on tribal land on the...
article Tribe Plans Casino on Obama Vacation Haven of Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard said a U.S. agency cleared the way for a casino-style gambling hall on the Massachusetts island favored...
article Tribe says it has federal approval for Martha’s Vineyard casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah today declared it has won federal approval to open a casino on its tribal land on Martha’s Vineyard, introducing...
article Tribe's plans for Martha's Vineyard casino stuns Senate's GOP leader
(Massachusetts) -- As news spread Tuesday morning about plans for a tribal gaming facility on Martha's Vineyard, the House and Senate gave final approval to a...
article Wampanoag tribe claims federal approval for community center casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) said Tuesday it has received federal approval, in the form of a legal analysis from the National Indian...
article Wampanoag tribe says it has federal approval to build casino on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah today declared it has won federal approval to open a casino on its tribal land on Martha’s Vineyard, introducing...

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