Martha’s Vineyard Town Attempts to Stop Tribal Gaming Effort

AQUINNAHAQUINNAH – Oral arguments are expected Tuesday in federal court as the town of Aquinnah tries to stop the local Wampanoag Tribe from converting a community center into a gambling hall.

Selectmen are seeking a restraining order against the tribe.

The Wampanoags want to offer electronic, high stakes bingo-type games at the 6,200-square-foot community center.

The federally-recognized tribe says it has the right under federal Indian gaming law to offer certain times of gambling on tribal lands.

But the state has gone to court to stop the facility from moving forward, claiming the tribe gave up its gambling rights in a 1983 land settlement.

Meanwhile, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is hoping to build a resort casino in Taunton.

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