Judge Orders Martha’s Vineyard Tribe to Stop Work on Gambling Hall 

AQUINNAHBOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Martha’s Vineyard tribe to stop work on a gambling hall.

U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Saylor ruled Tuesday in favor of the town of Aquinnah, which sought a temporary restraining order against the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe.

The federally-recognized tribe started converting an unfinished community center into a gambling hall offering electronic, bingo-style games earlier this month. It hopes to open the facility by the fall.

But the town says the tribe should wait until a lawsuit filed by the state, the town and a local community association challenging the tribe’s plans is decided. Saylor hears arguments in that case Aug. 12.

The tribe counters that the gambling hall is on sovereign, tribal land not subject to local law.

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