Town, Taxpayers Will Fight Casino Ruling in U.S. Court

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 a gambling hall can be located on tribal land at the Island’s western edge.

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U.S. Appeals Court Rules Soundly for Wampanoag Tribe In Casino Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals this week delivered a sharp, clear message to the Wampanoag tribe — it has the right to operate an electronic bingo parlor on protected tribal lands.

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Epenow, Indian of Significance in Capawack History
“Yea, those of the Isles of Capawack sent to make friendship.” With these words, Governor Bradford, recording in his history, “Of Plimouth Planta­tion”, a moral triumph over the sur­rounding savages, singles out for men­tion by name the most dreaded tribe under Massasoit, Sachem of the Warmanoag, of southern Massachusetts.
 
In the decade before the Pilgrims became acquainted with Capawack, the island had a peculiar fascination for English explorers.
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Tribe's Right to Offer Gambling on Vineyard In Hands of Federal Court
A high-stakes legal battle will ultimately determine whether a bingo parlor can be operated on tribal lands at the western tip of the Vineyard.
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Wampanoag Tribe Elects Cheryl Andrews-Maltais Chairman

Cheryl Andrews-Maltais will return for a third term as chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

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Tribal Election to Bring Leadership Change

Donald Widdiss and Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, both former chairmen, will compete for the top spot when the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) holds its election this weekend.

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Historic Ruling Grants Gay Head Indians Federal Recognition
The federal government Wednesday recognized the tribal status of the Gay Head Wampanoag Indians in a historic decision that opens the way to settlement of the bitter, 12-year-old land claim dispute.
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HUD Grant Money Supports Tribal Housing Needs

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will receive nearly half a million dollars through an annual HUD grant for affordable housing.

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Wampanoag Tribe Begins Appeal in Federal Court Case
As promised, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is appealing a ruling that it has no legal authority to run a gambling facility on the Island.
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With Clock Ticking, Tribe Votes to Finish Community Center
Leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe have voted to turn away from plans to convert an unfinished community center into a gambling facility.
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