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Wampanoag Tribe Opposes Supreme Court Petition

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has formally objected to a plea by the town of Aquinnah, the state and a community group asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in the long-running casino case.

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7/20/2019

article Martha’s Vineyard Tribe Agrees to Stop Construction on Gaming Venue as Wampanoag Courtroom Challenges Loom
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) promised this week they will halt construction on their Martha’s Vineyard bingo hall. But...

7/19/2019

article Massachusetts tribe agrees to temporary halt on Aquinnah Cliffs construction
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), in Massachusetts, has reportedly agreed to temporarily halt construction on its envisioned Class II...

7/17/2019

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe continues to fight for gaming rights
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe plans to appeal a judge's decision that places construction of a long-awaited casino under local jurisdiction in...
article Building Inspector Orders Tribe to Halt Construction on Bingo Hall Site
(Massachusetts) -- With signs of new construction activity on the site of a planned bingo hall in Aquinnah, the town building inspector has ordered the Wampanoag tribe...

7/15/2019

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe told to seek local permits to build casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe must obtain local approval to construct a building that houses a gaming facility, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday....
article Harbor Master, Tribe Free Entangled Sea Turtle
(Massachusetts) -- A leatherback sea turtle that had become entangled in lobster buoy line was rescued Sunday by the Vineyard Haven harbor master and the Wampanoag tribe...

7/13/2019

article Martha’s Vineyard Tribe Wants Stay on Judge’s Casino Ruling as Wampanoags Move Forward with Appeal
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has asked for a temporary stay — and expedited review — on federal Judge F. Dennis Saylor...

7/12/2019

article Tribe seeks stay of ‘final judgment’ in casino case
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is seeking a stay while it appeals a decision by U.S. District Court judge F. Dennis Saylor IV that it must...

7/11/2019

article Tribe Seeks Stay in U.S. District Court to Begin Building Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- Signaling more court battles ahead over the planned bingo hall on tribal lands in Aquinnah, the Wampanoag tribe registered its strong opposition...

6/24/2019

article Federal Court Sides with Aquinnah
(Massachusetts) -- A Federal Judge in Boston has issued a ruling ordering the Aquinnah Tribe of Gayhead (Aquinnah) to comply with town zoning and building regulations as...

6/22/2019

article Judge: Vineyard tribe needs local approval to open casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has ruled that a Native American tribe needs to secure local approvals before building a casino on Martha’s Vineyard in...

6/21/2019

article Court: Aquinnah tribe must get local permits for bingo hall
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) must comply with local zoning and permitting laws if it wants to build a bingo hall on tribal land,...
article Judge Allows Local Officials To Weigh In On Impact From Martha’s Vineyard Tribal Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Aquinnah, Massachusetts won a limited legal victory this week after Boston federal Judge Dennis Saylor IV ruled the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay...
article Massachusetts tribe suffers setback to electronic bingo hall plan
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has reportedly been dealt a temporary setback to its plan to open a Class II...

6/20/2019

article Tribal casino in Martha’s Vineyard needs local permission, says judge
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe wanting to build a casino in Martha’s Vineyard may not need to have state or local permission to offer gambling,...

6/19/2019

article Federal Judge Rules Tribe Must Obtain Building Permits for Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- In a stunning turn, a federal district judge in Boston issued a ruling Wednesday that holds the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) must obtain...
article Judge rules against tribe in casino case
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has ruled that the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) must adhere to local permits for the construction of its Aquinnah Cliffs...

6/7/2019

article MVC begins public hearing for Aquinnah casino
(Massachusetts) -- With plenty of questions, but no answers about the gambling facility project proposed by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Martha’...
article MVC Plans to Review Bingo Hall; Tribe Sits Proceedings Out
(Massachusetts) -- For what is believed to be the first time in its 45-year history, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission held a public hearing on Thursday with no...

6/3/2019

article Legal technicality at heart of Martha’s Vineyard casino dispute
(Massachusetts) -- As expected, Martha’s Vineyard is going to continue to do everything it can to impede the development of a casino in its back yard. The...

6/2/2019

article Resumed Courtroom Battle Over Stalled Martha’s Vineyard Casino Focuses on Legal Technicality
(Massachusetts) -- A proposed gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard has once again wound up in Boston federal court with the town of Aquinnah demanding the Wampanoag...

6/1/2019

article 'You were right and I was wrong': Judge concedes to Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe was back in federal court on Friday to defend its sovereignty amid opposition to a long-delayed gaming facility in...
article Tribe Sets Fall as Completion Date for Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag tribe has set mid-fall as a completion date for its bingo hall in Aquinnah, tribal chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais told a group of...

5/31/2019

article Martha's Vineyard tribe, town spar over casino construction
(Massachusetts) -- Officials on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts are battling a Native American tribe's efforts to build a casino on the famous resort island....
article Town, Tribe Meet in Federal Court Over Casino Claims
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag tribe and the town of Aquinnah met in federal court on Friday, grappling over whether the tribe can begin construction on a class II...
article Tribe, town make their pleas in federal court
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the town were back in familiar territory — at odds in Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV’s federal...

5/30/2019

article OP/ED: End expropriation and exploitation of Native American lands
(Massachusetts) -- From the very first moments that whites entered New England and the “New World,” they began their centuries-long sordid expropriation and...

5/25/2019

article Further review process could delay Martha’s Vineyard casino project even further
(Massachusetts) -- A plan to create a tribal gaming hall on Martha’s Vineyard has been a controversial one from the start. The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and the...

5/23/2019

article Aquinnah Tribe struggles with Vineyard vision
(Massachusetts) -- A few miles from the historic brick lighthouse and russet clay cliffs sloping into the sea, Aquinnah’s latest attraction could rise: 250 video...

5/20/2019

article Casino in Martha’s Vineyard delayed again over as scrutiny mounts
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head has been trying to put together a casino in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts for the past couple of years, only...
article Further review process could delay Martha’s Vineyard casino project even further
(Massachusetts) -- A plan to create a tribal gaming hall on Martha’s Vineyard has been a controversial one from the start. The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and the Chickasaw...

5/19/2019

article Stalled Martha’s Vineyard Casino Faces More Possible Delays as Planning Agency, Federal Judge Review Project
(Massachusetts) -- A controversial planned tribal gaming hall on Martha’s Vineyard will be scrutinized further during three upcoming meetings by a Massachusetts...

5/17/2019

article MVC sets public hearing for casino project
(Massachusetts) -- The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) has set a public meeting to discuss gambling facility being developed by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head...
article MVC Takes Steps to Begin Review of Wampanoag Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- The Martha’s Vineyard Commission is taking active steps to review the Wampanoag tribe’s proposed bingo hall as a development of regional...
article Why help only the Mashpee Wampanoag?
(Massachusetts) -- It has been a great week for the Mashpee Wampanoag in their quest to open a tribal casino in Taunton. The US House of Representative passed the...

5/13/2019

article House Democrats reschedule votes on tribal bills pulled after Trump tweet
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats have rescheduled votes on two Native American tribal bills this week after they were yanked from the floor at the last minute...

5/7/2019

article Tribe, town set for showdown in court again
(Massachusetts) -- A date has been set for a hearing on motions and counter-motions between the town of Aquinnah and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) over a...

5/6/2019

article Martha’s Vineyard Tribal Gambling Hall Delayed by Disputed Electrical Permit, New Court Proceedings
(Massachusetts) -- A planned bingo venue on Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard is once again the subject of court battles with new charges also being exchanged...

4/28/2019

article Tribe and town back in court over casino project
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Aquinnah and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) are back in federal court battling over the tribe’s casino project. Earlier...

4/8/2019

article Commission-Tribe Talks Are Put on Hold
(Massachusetts) -- Bingo hall talks between the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and leaders at the Wampanoag tribe are on hold, the MVC chairman said last week. Doug...

4/7/2019

article Attorney Representing Town Wants Answers From Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard Gambling Hall
(Massachusetts) -- With land already cleared for a tribal gambling hall in Aquinnah — located on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard — a...

4/5/2019

article Attorney Representing Town Wants Answers From Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard Gambling Hall
(Massachusetts) -- With land already cleared for a tribal gambling hall in Aquinnah — located on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard — a...

4/3/2019

article Aquinnah demands explanation from tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Douglas Kline of Goodwin Law in Boston sent a letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) last week asking the tribe to get in contact with...

3/25/2019

article COMMENTARY: In Martha's Vineyard, How A Bingo Hall Might Change Aquinnah
(Massachusetts) -- I’m prepared for the very real possibility that there may yet be another freak blizzard as late as April 1. It did happen once before. Even...

3/22/2019

article Tribal Rights, Economy Dominate at Congressman Keating's Town Hall
(Massachusetts) -- Congressman Bill Keating, meeting with Island constituents Thursday evening in Vineyard Haven, fielded questions ranging from economic development to...

3/14/2019

article MVC, Tribal Leaders Hold Private Summit to Discuss Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission met with Wampanoag tribal leaders at a private summit in Aquinnah this week to discuss fallout from...
article Tribe, commission officials meet
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission met Wednesday to discuss the tribe’s casino...

3/12/2019

article Aquinnah Wampanoags Rebuff Town
(Massachusetts) -- Officials in Aquinnah sent a letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay head requesting a public meeting with tribal leaders to discuss the tribe’s...

3/11/2019

article Aquinnah selectmen aren’t happy with big blue trucks
(Massachusetts) -- When driving toward the Aquinnah cliffs to catch a sunset or attend a selectmen’s meeting, the big blue trucks coming around blind corners may be a...

3/6/2019

article Aquinnah: ‘Tribe’s gaming rights are not without limits’
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen met with town counsel Ron Rappaport to issue a letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) regarding impacts of the...

3/5/2019

article Aquinnah to discuss letter to tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen decided at their Tuesday meeting to adjourn before discussing a draft letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)...

2/28/2019

article Public, Elected Leaders React as Construction Begins on Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has officially broken ground on a long-promised gambling facility in the small up-Island town, unleashing a...

2/27/2019

article Land Clearing Begins for Gambling Hall on Martha's Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has begun construction of a high-stakes bingo hall on tribal lands at the westernmost end of the island of...

2/25/2019

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe starts construction on long-awaited gaming facility
(Massachusetts) -- After years of legal and political debates, the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino is finally a reality. The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe began construction on the...
article Aquinnah: Martha’s Vineyard Gambling Hall Construction to Begin
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts tribe says construction is expected to begin next month for a gambling hall on the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard. The...
article Martha’s Vineyard Casino Construction Commences Despite Ongoing Challenges
(Massachusetts) -- A casino on Martha’s Vineyard will break ground next month on the island’s western edge. The announcement comes despite ongoing disputes...

2/24/2019

article Construction Begins on Wampanoag Bingo Hall in Aquinnah
(Massachusetts) -- Construction has begun on a large bingo hall planned by the Wampanoag tribe in Aquinnah — and tribal leaders have issued a stern warning to the...
article Tribe moves ahead with casino construction
(Massachusetts) -- Despite the prospect of litigation raised at Thursday’s Martha’s Vineyard Commission meeting, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Gaming Commission...
article Tribe: Martha's Vineyard gambling hall construction to begin
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts tribe says construction is expected to begin next month for a gambling hall on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard. The...
article Aquinnah tribe leader promises more business, jobs with new gaming hall
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head says it’s ready to begin construction of a bingo hall on tribal trust lands on the west end of the island,...

2/11/2019

article Aquinnah asks MVC to help with tribe gambling hall
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen have asked the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to review plans by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to build a gambling...

2/5/2019

article Aquinnah Officials Ask Martha’s Vineyard Commission to Review Gambling Hall Project
(Massachusetts) -- The battle over a proposed gambling hall in Aquinnah — located on the remote western end of the upscale Martha’s Vineyard — has...

1/30/2019

article Aquinnah Rebuke Mashpee Tribe's Legislation
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanaog Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has added the latest ripple to its sister tribe's attempt at protecting its reservation through an act...

1/28/2019

article Aquinnah tribe objects to Keating bill
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is opposing legislation aimed at securing reservation land for its sister tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag. In...
article Aquinnah tribe wants piece of southeastern Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Saturday’s Super Bowl rally at Gillette Stadium, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (...

1/16/2019

article Town requests confirmation of Aquinnah casino details
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen are requesting that the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) confirm a number of specifications regarding preliminary plans for a...

1/13/2019

article Town Presses Tribe to Air Details on Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen are asking the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah (Gay Head) to confirm a list of details about a planned bingo hall on tribal land in the...

12/29/2018

article ICYMI: Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe aims to open casino in the summer
(Massachusetts) -- Details remain scarce about the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and its long-awaited casino in Massachusetts. A local official recently met with Chairwoman...

12/12/2018

article Tribe's Casino Plans Stay Mostly Under Wraps
(Massachusetts) -- With uncertainty surrounding the plans by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to build a class II gaming facility in town, Aquinnah selectman...

11/21/2018

article Wampanoag Nation to participate in 400th anniversary celebrations of Pilgrims' landing
(Massachusetts) -- The seaside town where the Pilgrims came ashore in 1620 is gearing up for a 400th birthday bash, and everyone's invited — especially the...

10/27/2018

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe continues work on gaming project
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is still working on plans for a long-delayed gaming facility in Massachusetts. Last year, the tribe secured a historic...

10/17/2018

article Tribe Responds to Town Letter Over Planned Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- An exchange of correspondence has begun between Aquinnah selectmen and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) over the tribe’s planned class...

9/21/2018

article Wampanoag Tribe Pushes Back On Interior Decision
(Massachusetts) -- The US Department of the Interior’s decision to rule against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has led to a flurry of activity both locally and...

9/11/2018

article Wampanoag Powwow Celebrates Tribe and Community
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) hosted their 14th annual powwow at the Aquinnah Circle this weekend. The celebration included ceremonial...

9/7/2018

article Selectmen Seek Meeting With Tribe on Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen sent a letter to the chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) this week requesting a meeting to discuss the tribe...

9/6/2018

article Selectmen Seek Information From Tribe on Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen voted this week to send a letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) seeking more information about the tribe’s...
article Selectmen want to reach out to tribe regarding casino
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah selectmen unanimously agreed to send a letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) regarding the construction and operation of a new...

9/1/2018

article Wampanoag Tribe To Open New Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- The gambling division of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) recently revealed that it will be partnering with an Oklahoma-based Native...

8/31/2018

article Wampanoag Tribe To Open New Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- The gambling division of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) recently revealed that it will be partnering with an Oklahoma-based Native...

8/25/2018

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe lands big partner for gaming project
(Massachusetts) -- Though plans remain in development, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is showing that it is serious about Indian gaming. The People of the First Light have...

8/24/2018

press release Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe Announces Chickasaw Nation As Gaming Development Partner
(Massachusetts) -- On Sunday August 19th, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) announced the name of its gaming development partner at the Tribe’s General...

8/23/2018

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to partner with Chickasaw Nation for Martha’s Vineyard development
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe announced at its General Membership meeting on Sunday that it has selected the Chickasaw Nation as its development...
article Vineyard Tribe Partnering with Chickasaw on Gambling Hall
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts tribe is partnering with an Oklahoma tribe on a gambling hall on the famous resort island of Martha’s Vineyard. The Aquinnah...

8/22/2018

article Aquinnah tribe announces gaming partnership
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has announced that it will partner with the Chickasaw Nation’s hospitality enterprise, Global Gaming...
article Tribe announces gambling partner
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is partnering with another tribe to build a gambling facility on the Island. In a press release issued...
article Vineyard tribe partnering with Chickasaw on gambling hall
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts tribe is partnering with an Oklahoma tribe on a gambling hall on the famous resort island of Martha's Vineyard. The Aquinnah...
article Wampanoag Tribe Announces Partner in Bingo Hall Venture
(Massachusetts) -- The gaming arm of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) announced Wednesday that it will partner with an Oklahoma native American gaming...

8/6/2018

article Shabby to chic in under a week
(Massachusetts) -- The ramshackle shack that appeared on the Gay Head Cliffs in late July and triggered some local criticism has undergone a rapid makeover. The...

7/24/2018

article Shabby shack appears on Gay Head Cliffs
(Massachusetts) -- A shopworn shed recently appeared among the shops on the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah. The building, which on Tuesday morning looked like a scene from...

7/21/2018

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe still working on casino after court victory
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is still working on plans for a casino after securing a major court victory. The tribe had hoped to open a Class II...

7/19/2018

article Casino Gambling Is Allowed, But All Quiet on Western Front
(Massachusetts) -- Cleared to pursue gaming by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) announced last January that an electronic bingo hall...

5/5/2018

article Tales From Granny Squannit: Don’t You Dare! The Mashpee Wampanoag Are Sovereign
(Massachusetts) -- Talk about making an elder ill to the core! The Mashpee Board of Selectmen did a good job making many of us sick with their greedy tactics on the...

4/25/2018

article Tensions rise between Aquinnah selectmen and assessors
(Massachusetts) -- Debate continued between Aquinnah selectmen and the town’s board of assessors Tuesday night over tax issues.The first issue concerned five plots...

4/10/2018

article Wampanoag Tribe Showcases History, Culture at Annual Potluck
(Massachusetts) -- The sound of drums and smell of venison stew greeted visitors to the old Aquinnah town hall Sunday evening for the third annual Wampanoag New Year...

1/14/2018

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe moves forward with Class II gaming facility
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is moving forward with plans for a Class II gaming facility on its reservation in Massachusetts, Chairwoman Cheryl...

1/13/2018

article Meeting Of Tribe And Town In The Works, Again
(Massachusetts) -- Nearly two years have passed since a contentious May Town Meeting and the pleas for better communication between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council...

1/12/2018

article Mashpee town-tribe pact extended amid communication concerns
(Massachusetts) -- An agreement that allows the town to deploy police, fire and emergency services on Mashpee Wampanoag tribal land has been extended again without the...

1/11/2018

article Supreme Court Clears Way for Tribe to Build Bingo Hall
(Massachusetts) -- On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to wade into the Wampanoag casino case, tribal leaders said this week they are ready to move...
article Town of Aquinnah seeks ‘common ground’ with tribe
(Massachusetts) -- At a hastily called meeting Wednesday, Aquinnah selectmen decided to drop any further legal action and open talks with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head...
article Wampanoag Tribe Confirms Plan to Build Gambling Hall after Supreme Court Decision
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) have confirmed their intention to build a bingo hall after the US Supreme Court refused...

1/10/2018

article Town of Aquinnah seeks ‘common ground’ with tribe
(Massachusetts) -- At a hastily called meeting Wednesday, Aquinnah selectmen decided to drop any further legal action and open talks with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head...
article Tribe Confirms Plans to Build Bingo Hall on Martha's Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- In the wake of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to not review the Wampanoag casino case, tribal leaders in Aquinnah said they are ready to...
article Editorial: Time for state to ante up
(Massachusetts) -- Nobody wants to see a gambling facility open in Aquinnah, and that includes a large segment of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

1/9/2018

article Fresh off legal win, Vineyard tribe could eye bigger prize
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has new leverage in its plans to build a gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard, and signaling a...
article Martha’s Vineyard Casino Cleared for Construction After Supreme Court Denies Appeal
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head can build a Martha’s Vineyard casino on their sovereign Native American land on the far western tip of the...
article Martha’s Vineyard gambling hall moves a step closer
(Massachusetts) -- Justices in the US Supreme Court have refused to conduct a review into the opening of a gambling hall in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts by the...
article Martha’s Vineyard tribe triumphs in Class II legal battle
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, the long-running effort by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to open a Class II electronic bingo hall on the island of...
article US Supreme Court ruling paves way for gambling hall in Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gambling will soon become a reality in Martha’s Vineyard after the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to step away from the Aquinnah...

1/8/2018

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe scores big win in long-running sovereignty case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will finally be able to open a gaming facility after the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a long-running sovereignty...
article High court declines to hear Aquinnah gaming case
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)’s planned bingo hall in that island...
article High court lets tribe’s Martha’s Vineyard gambling hall proceed
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American tribe will be able to go ahead with its plans for a gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard after the Supreme Court declined to...
article Supreme Court says no to hearing M.V. gambling case
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition to hear a case involving a gambling hall for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), paving the way...
article U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Casino Case
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to wade into the legal fight over the Aquinnah tribe’s gaming aspirations, clearing the way for an...
article US Supreme Court Rejects Review of Martha’s Vineyard Casino Case
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Supreme Court today denied a petition for certiorari filed in August by the state of Massachusetts, the town of Aquinnah, and a local...

1/3/2018

article Supreme Court may consider Wampanoag case
(Massachusetts) -- Once again, the case involving the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has been distributed for conference Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The...

12/20/2017

article VTA and tribe combine to win transit grant
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) have teamed up to win $250,000 in funding from the Tribal Transit...

12/18/2017

article Supreme Court May Hear Vineyard Case
(Massachusetts) -- The Commonwealth and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard are seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the tribe’s efforts to...

12/13/2017

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe in limbo as Supreme Court delays action in sovereignty dispute
(Washington D.C.) -- While the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered good news to one tribe and its homelands, another must wait longer for an answer. The Aquinnah Wampanoag...
press release Aquinnah Increasing Homelands by Acquiring Additional Settlement Land on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is expanding their land base. “We agreed to settle our aboriginal land claims on Martha’s...

12/11/2017

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe in limbo as Supreme Court delays action in sovereignty dispute
(Massachusetts) -- While the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered good news to one tribe and its homelands, another must wait longer for an answer.
article Tribe, state and town will have to wait
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has kicked the can down the road on a decision of whether it will hear a case involving a gambling hall for the Wampanoag Tribe...

11/29/2017

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe awaits answer from Supreme Court in sovereignty case
(Massachusetts) -- Except for some dissenting drama and one beefy-ish case that is looking favorable for tribal interests, the U.S. Supreme Court has been relatively...

11/21/2017

article State, town react to Wampanoag Supreme Court filing
(Massachusetts) -- Final arguments have been filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case involving the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and its pursuit of a...

11/20/2017

article Final Briefs Are Filed in Casino Case
(Massachusetts) -- A final round of arguments was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court today before the justices decide whether to take up a challenge to the Aquinnah tribe...

11/7/2017

article Aquinnah tribe officially opposes Supreme Court review
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) filed its opposition to a petition by the state, the town of Aquinnah, and the Aquinnah/Gay...
article Wampanoag Tribe Opposes Supreme Court Petition
(Washington D.C.) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has formally objected to a plea by the town of Aquinnah, the state and a community group asking the U.S....

11/6/2017

article Tribe Rips Protest Of Martha's Vineyard Casino At High Court [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- A Native American tribe asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reject bids from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a town and a community group to...

10/14/2017

article Martha’s Vineyard Scheme up for Comment
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, in Aquinnah, is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, to dredge Herring Creek...

8/12/2017

article Tribe vows to continue to fight for bingo hall
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is vowing to continue to fight for its homelands after the town, state and a community group filed...

8/8/2017

article Supreme Court hearing sought in Aquinnah gaming case
(Massachusetts) -- The state and town of Aquinnah formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to consider overturning a lower court ruling that paved the way for...
article Town, State Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Casino Case
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Aquinnah, the commonwealth and a community group on Tuesday hurled what amounts to a legal Hail Mary pass, asking the U.S. Supreme Court...

5/25/2017

article Appeals Court Halts Tribal Bingo and Slots on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- A federal court in Massachusetts this week ordered the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head to halt its plans for opening a small casino on Martha’s...
article Vineyard gaming case put on hold
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will be unable to move ahead with its gaming plans for up to three months as the state and town of Aquinnah...

5/24/2017

article Aquinnah casino opponents given time for Supreme Court appeal
(Connecticut) -- Like a Ferris wheel cabin being stopped at the top of its arc, a federal appeals court has frozen its decision in the case that paves the way for the...
article Appeals court passes on Vineyard tribe’s gaming hall
(Massachusetts) -- Construction of a tribal gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard can’t begin until the nation’s highest court considers an appeal from...
article Massachusetts tribe temporarily barred from opening a gambling venue
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, a federal appeals court has reportedly issued a ruling that temporarily stops the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) from...

5/23/2017

article Aquinnah casino opponents given time for Supreme Court appeal
(Massachusetts) -- Like a Ferris wheel cabin being stopped at the top of its arc, a federal appeals court has frozen its decision in the case that paves the way for the...
article Federal Court Issues Stay in Casino Case, Allowing Time for Last Appeal
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court this week froze the effect of its ruling that the Aquinnah tribe has the legal authority to operate a gambling hall on the...

5/20/2017

article State, town request Supreme Court intervention
(Massachusetts) -- The state and the town of Aquinnah will ask the nation’s highest court to reverse a ruling that paved the way for tribal gaming on Martha’...

5/19/2017

article High stakes for Vineyard tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A small Martha’s Vineyard town and a local nonprofit are preparing to ask the nation’s highest court to overturn an appellate ruling that...
article Town Of Mashpee To Review Tribe’s Litigation
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Board of Selectmen is scheduled to meet in executive session Monday, May 22, to discuss pending litigation regarding the Mashpee Wampanoag...

5/17/2017

article Town Looks To Block 1st Circ. Ruling OK'ing Tribal Casinos [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- A Martha's Vineyard town and a community group said Tuesday they plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a recent First Circuit decision that...

5/13/2017

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe hails another win in gaming dispute
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe scored another win in its fight to open a casino on its reservation in Massachusetts. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on...

5/12/2017

article 1st Circ. Won't Rethink Martha's Vineyard Tribal Casino Ruling [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The First Circuit on Wednesday rejected requests by Massachusetts and a Martha's Vineyard town for a rehearing of a circuit panel's decision,...

5/11/2017

article Federal court refuses to hear appeal against Massachusetts tribe
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, efforts by local and state officials to stop the Wampanoag Tribe Of Gay Head (Aquinnah) from establishing a gambling operation on...

5/10/2017

article Another win for tribe in battle for Aquinnah bingo hall
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court has said it won’t rehear a case involving the federal Indian gambling rights of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (...
article Full U.S. Appeals Court Declines to Hear Casino Case
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court has rejected another bid to halt efforts by the Gay Head Wampanoags to conduct a gambling operation on Martha’s Vineyard...

4/29/2017

article State, town appeal ruling favoring casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- The state of Massachusetts and a Martha’s Vineyard town are appealing a court decision that could pave the way for a Native American tribe to...

4/26/2017

article Opponents of casino on Martha’s Vineyard file appeal
(Massachusetts) -- Opponents of a casino bid on Martha’s Vineyard are appealing a federal court decision in favor of the tribal gambling hall. Extending a lengthy...

4/25/2017

article State Joins Town, Taxpayers in Appeal of Casino Ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Attorney General joined the town of Aquinnah and a community group this week in challenging a federal appellate panel’s ruling...

4/22/2017

article Martha’s Vineyard Casino Heavily Opposed by Town and Taxpayers
(Massachusetts) -- The Martha’s Vineyard casino that received its legal blessing earlier this month is receiving strong opposition from local authorities and...
article Aquinnah pursues appeal of ruling on tribal gaming
(Massachusetts) -- The selectmen and the community group that sued the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to stop construction of a bingo hall in town plan to appeal...

4/21/2017

article Town, Taxpayers Will Fight Casino Ruling in U.S. Court
(Massachusetts) -- Facing long odds, the town of Aquinnah and a community group this week officially decided to fight to overturn an appellate court’s ruling that...

4/20/2017

article Aquinnah selectmen authorize appeal of tribe ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Island’s smallest town could be headed for the biggest legal stage. In a meeting Thursday afternoon, the board of selectmen authorized town...

4/18/2017

article A narrow ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals: A case analysis
(Massachusetts) -- The April 10 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit confirming the Wampanoag Tribe’s right to operate an electronic bingo...
article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe welcomes decision in gaming dispute
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is looking forward to a new dawn after winning a major gaming dispute. On April 11, a panel of three judges on the 1st...

4/14/2017

article Martha's Vineyard Tribal Casino Win Could Cost Locals (sub req.)
(Massachusetts) -- The First Circuit's recent decision allowing a Massachusetts tribe to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard strongly endorsed the principle...

4/13/2017

article Aquinnah board directs attorney to research appeal of gaming hall ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The selectmen voted Thursday to direct the town’s attorney to research all possible avenues to appeal the federal court decision that paved the...
article A history of the casino wager
(Massachusetts) -- This week, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of a casino bid by the Aquinnah Wampanoag, a major victory for the tribe. Here is a quick history of...

4/12/2017

article Aquinnah Wampanaog Tribe scores major win in sovereignty case
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has secured a huge victory in a long-running sovereignty dispute in Massachusetts. In a unanimous decision, the 1st...
article Federal Appeals Court OKs Martha’s Vineyard Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court has reversed on Monday a lower court decision from 2015 that banned the Massachusetts-based Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay...
article Tribe Wins Appeal Over Massachusetts Casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federally recognized Native American tribe in Massachusetts has won a court ruling that could clear the way for it to build a slots casino on Martha...
article Tribe, town react to casino court ruling
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), paving the way for the tribe to open a bingo hall in a...
article Wampanoag Tribe wins key victory in push for casino on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- Tuesday’s ruling by an appeals court in favor of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head could mean a casino is coming to the Massachusetts...

4/11/2017

article Appeals court reverses ruling blocking tribe’s casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- A native American tribe’s plans for a gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard gained a second life Tuesday after a federal appeals court...
article Judge overturns ruling in Martha's Vineyard casino case
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court on Monday overturned a lower court ruling that had denied the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head the right to build a casino...
article U.S. Appeals Court Reverses, Ruling Soundly for Wampanoag Tribe In Casino Case
(Massachusetts) -- In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit has overturned a decision by a federal judge in the casino case involving the...
article US appeals court rules for proposed casino on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a longstanding bid by the Aquinnah Wampanoags to open a casino on Martha’s Vineyard, unanimously...

4/1/2017

article Native History: First Wampanoag-Pilgrim Treaty Signed on April Fools’
(Massachusetts) -- This Date in Native History: The Avalon Project at Yale University has one of the most comprehensive digital databases of Indian treaties and other...

12/28/2016

article MORON ALERT: Another entitlement to the Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- If the Wampanoag Tribe exerted as much energy in getting grants and special consideration of additional grants from various governmental agencies, in...

12/21/2016

article Wampanoag Tribe pushes casino case to the U.S. Court of Appeals
(Massachusetts) -- The campaign for a casino by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has been given new life. According to an email to The Times from tribe...

12/12/2016

article Aquinnah Tribe Seeks Overturn of Lower Court Ruling to Pursue Vineyard Gaming Establishment
(Massachusetts) -- This past week, a federal appeals court heard arguments that will determine if the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe can once again pursue the operation of an...

12/9/2016

article Tribe's Right to Offer Gambling on Martha's Vineyard Now In Hands of Federal Appeals Court
(Massachusetts) -- A three-judge federal appeals court panel this week heard arguments in a high-stakes legal battle that will determine whether an electronic bingo...

12/8/2016

article Martha’s Vineyard tribe gets its day in court
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, the federally-recognized Wampanoag Tribe Of Gay Head (Aquinnah) was in federal court earlier this week pressing its case for the...

12/6/2016

article Wampanoag Tribe Presents Oral Arguments to Overturn 2015 Gambling Decision
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Tuesday pressed its case before a federal appeals court that it has the right to operate an electronic...

12/5/2016

article It’s Game Time for Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- For the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), time may have finally run out on their continued efforts to operate a gaming facility on Martha’...

11/28/2016

article Federal court date looming; Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe elects new chair
(Massachusetts) -- On the eve of the fast-approaching federal court date to argue the right to operate a Class II gaming facility on its Martha’s Vineyard...

11/24/2016

article Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe elects new chair amid gaming fight
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe elected a new leader on Sunday ahead of a big gaming hearing in federal court. Cheryl Andrews-Maltais is returning to the...

11/21/2016

article Cheryl Andrews-Maltais is elected tribal chairman again
(Massachusetts) -- On Sunday, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) elected Cheryl Andrews-Maltais as its chairman, replace the outgoing Tobias Vanderhoop. Ms....

11/20/2016

article Wampanoag Tribe Elects Cheryl Andrews-Maltais Chairman
(Massachusetts) -- Cheryl Andrews-Maltais will return for a third term as chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), defeating former three-time chairman...

11/16/2016

article Tribal Election to Bring Leadership Change
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is set to see to a leadership change in the tribal election this weekend, with two former chairmen vying...

10/27/2016

article Court date set for Martha’s Vineyard tribe hoping to open a casino
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, the federally-recognized Wampanoag Tribe Of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is set to head to federal appeals court in December in order to...

10/26/2016

article Arguments Set in Appeal of Wampanoag Casino Case
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will once again argue that it has the right to operate a gambling operation on Martha’s Vineyard,...

9/15/2016

article Wampanoag tribe community center HUD deadline passes with no penalty
(Massachusetts) -- In December, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) set a date of Sept. 1 for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to...
article Wampanoag History Lessons Unfold at Aquinnah Cultural Center
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Cultural Center is currently showcasing a new exhibit entitled Messenger Runner, a continuation of the exhibit Our Story 400 Years of...

9/1/2016

article Mass. Pushes 1st Circ. To Reject Tribe's Bid To Build Casino [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The Commonwealth of Massachusetts pressed the First Circuit to cement a decision rejecting the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)'s bid to...

8/22/2016

article Pizza Is Her Politics: Aquinnah Wampanoag Baker Builds Community With Weekly Outdoor 'Pizza Night' On Martha’s Vineyard
(Massachusetts) -- Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe member Juli Vanderhoop is using one of humanity's great unifiers to build community on Martha’s Vineyard: pizza....

8/9/2016

article Still Where They 'Belong': Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe Tells Its Story With New Cultural District
(Massachusetts) -- Tourists, including the First Family, flock to Martha’s Vineyard in the summer. But they don’t always make it out to the western end of...

6/12/2016

article DOJ sides with Martha’s Vineyard tribe, files brief with appeals court
(Massachusetts) -- Department of Justice says Indian Gaming Regulatory Act “implicitly repeals the Settlement Act’s provision for state and local...

6/9/2016

article Editorial: This fight is for real
(Massachusetts) -- On Martha’s Vineyard we prefer to fight in the winter — it is our off-season sport — and at this point the Martha’s Vineyard...

6/7/2016

article U.S Justice Sides With Tribe in Court Appeal Over Casino Rights
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah tribe has gained an ally in its legal effort to establish gambling on the western tip of the Island — the U.S. Department of...

6/6/2016

article DOJ chips in support of tribe’s proposed Vineyard bingo hall
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoags’ bid to build an electronic bingo hall on Martha’s Vineyard got a boost from the U.S. Department of Justice, which...
article Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard gets backing of Justice Department for casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe has gained the support of the US Justice Department in its decades-long effort to open a casino on Martha’s...

6/5/2016

article Justice Department backs island tribe's gaming efforts
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government has sided with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) in its efforts to establish a gaming hall in its unfinished community...

6/4/2016

article Obama administration sides with Wampanoag tribe in casino appeal
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has stepped into the legal battle over the rights of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to build a casino on...

6/2/2016

article Tribe Says IGRA Governs Proposed Martha's Vineyard Casino [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) urged the First Circuit on Friday to overturn a lower court decision rejecting the tribe's bid to build...

6/1/2016

article Aquinnah tribe won't give up fight for island gaming
(Massachusetts) -- A casino on Martha's Vineyard remains a long shot, but the legal battle continues in federal appeals court. Lawyers for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay...

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.

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