Supreme Court May Hear Vineyard Case

AQUINNAH –The Commonwealth and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard are seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the tribe’s efforts to open a gambling parlor on the Vineyard.

The tribe is fighting with the state and the town of Aquinnah as to whether or not it has the ability to open the venue, according to the M.V. Times.

The nation’s highest court distributed the matter for conference on Friday but no announcement has been made as to whether or not it will hear the case.

At issue is whether or not the tribe has to adhere to a 1987 agreement prohibiting gambling on its property.

The Wampanoags contend they have the ability to open a slots parlor on land that has been taken into federal trust on behalf of the tribe, which makes the property sovereign territory of the tribe.

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