Tribe Agrees to Halt Construction on Bingo Hall Site
Julia Wells

In the latest volley between the town and tribe over the future bingo hall in Aquinnah, tribal leaders agreed this week to halt work on the site until legal issues can be resolved.

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Tribe Seeks Stay in U.S. District Court to Begin Building Bingo Hall
Julia Wells

The Wampanoag tribe registered its strong opposition Thursday to a ruling by a federal judge that it must obtain building permits from the town to construct a bingo hall in Aquinnah.

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Federal Judge Rules Tribe Must Obtain Building Permits for Bingo Hall
Noah Asimow

In a stunning turn, a federal district judge in Boston issued a ruling that holds the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) must obtain building permits before constructing a bingo hall on tribal lands.

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MVC Takes Steps to Review Bingo Hall
Noah Asimow

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has set a hearing to review the tribe’s proposed bingo hall.

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Amid Legal Wrangles Over Bingo Hall, Town Hires Boston Attorney
Noah Asimow

The Aquinnah selectmen have retained a Boston attorney to represent the town in potential litigation against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) over the planned bingo hall.

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MVC, Tribal Leaders Hold Private Summit to Discuss Bingo Hall
Noah Asimow

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission met with Wampanoag tribal leaders at a private summit in Aquinnah this week to discuss fallout from the recent start of construction on a long-planned bingo hall.

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As Dump Trucks Rumble Through Town, Frustration Mounts in Aquinnah
Noah Asimow

More concerns occupied Aquinnah selectmen as the Wampanoag tribe clears land for its planned bingo hall.

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Selectmen Seek Public Meeting With Tribe Over Bingo Hall
Noah Asimow

Aquinnah selectmen voted Wednesday to send a letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), requesting a public meeting to discuss the bingo hall now under construction.

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Public, Elected Leaders React as Construction Begins on Bingo Hall
Noah Asimow

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 flurry of concern.

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The Road to Casino Gambling

Here is a timeline of key events in efforts by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to offer gambling in Massachusetts:

1870 Massachusetts incorporates the town of Gay Head over the objections of the Wampanoags.

Dec. 1974Tribe sues town in U.S. District Court, asserting its rights to tribal land under the 1790 Non-Intercourse Act.

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