The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will continue plans to build a gambling hall in Aquinnah following a tie vote in a special ballot initiative to overturn the project. The final tally was 110 to 110, well short of the required two-thirds majority.
The Aquinnah Cultural Center is hosting the exhibit Captured: 1614 curated by Plymouth 400, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower and the settlers’ relationship with the native populations.
According to a marketing study done for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), a class II casino — essentially, an electronic bingo facility — would net revenue of more than $4.5 million per year, a document filed in federal court this week shows.
Tobias Vanderhoop is in the middle of a legal fight to determine whether the Wampanoag tribe has the legal authority to convert its community center into a class II gambling facility. He was recently deposed by a cluster of attorneys for a federal lawsuit.
Wampanoag tribal elders, families with young children, town officials and others are calling for greater public participation to block efforts by the Wampanoag tribe to build a casino in Aquinnah. A public meeting was held Saturday at the Aquinnah Old Town Hall.
A federal judge has scheduled a July 28 hearing on the town of Aquinnah’s bid for a court order to block all construction work converting a community center into a gambling facility by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).
Members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) who oppose a casino have successfully petitioned for another vote on the issue at the tribe’s general membership meeting next month, officials confirmed last night. Voting takes place on August 16.
An ambitious grant proposal that may have benefitted the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) was recently turned down in the early phases of an application process that involved research communities in the United States and China.