Final Briefs Are Filed in Casino Case
John H. Kennedy

A final round of arguments was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week before the justices decide whether to take up a challenge to the Aquinnah tribe’s right to conduct electronic bingo on the Island.

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Tribe Opposes Supreme Court Petition
John H. Kennedy

The Aquinnah tribe says enough is enough: the U.S. Supreme Court should reject a last-ditch plea by the town of Aquinnah, the state and a community group to hear an appeal in the long-running casino case.

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Town, State Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Casino Case
John H. Kennedy

The town of Aquinnah, the commonwealth and a community group mounted a last-ditch effort to nullify the Wampanoag tribe’s asserted right to build a gambling hall on the Island.

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Wampanoag Tribe Awarded Grant
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), in partnership with the town of Aquinnah, will receive a $50,000 grant.
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Federal Court Issues Stay in Casino Case, Allowing Time for Last Appeal
John H. Kennedy

A federal appeals court this week temporarily froze the effect of its ruling that the Aquinnah tribe has the legal authority to operate a gambling hall on the Vineyard.

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Full U.S. Appeals Court Declines to Hear Casino Case
John H. Kennedy

A federal appeals court has rejected another bid to halt efforts by the Aquinnah Wampanoags to conduct a gambling operation on Martha’s Vineyard, narrowing the legal options for the town, state and community group.

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State Joins Town, Taxpayers in Appeal of Casino Ruling
John H. Kennedy

The commonwealth of Massachusetts joined Aquinnah and a community group this week in challenging a federal appellate panel’s ruling that gave the green light to a tribal gambling facility.

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

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
John H. Kennedy

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
Warner F. Gookin
“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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