Tribe Dispute Over Casino Rights to be Decided in Federal Court

The town of Aquinnah and a group of residents have petitioned to intervene in a federal lawsuit over whether the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has the right to open a casino on the Vineyard. The court filings last week came shortly after a judge ruled that the case would be tried in federal court.

Tribe Granted Funds to Restore Land Affected by Hurricane Sandy

A recent round of grants will help the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) manage and restore more than 230 acres of land affected by the 2010 hurricane, including the herring run between Menemsha and Squibnocket Ponds.

Federal Ruling Favors Alabama Tribe in Casino Rights Case

A federal judge ruled early this month that the state of Alabama cannot interfere with casinos on tribal lands. The case has caught the attention of both sides in the dispute between the Vineyard Wampanoag tribe and the commonwealth over casino rights on the Island.

Under New Leadership, Tribe Presses Ahead With Casino Plans

After a referendum to quash the plan to put high-stakes bingo in the Wampanoag community center failed by two votes, tribal chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said the project will go forward. But many hurdles remain.

Case Challenging Casino Law Is Dismissed

The ruling by a U.S. District Court judge clears the way for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to continue its casino plans in Taunton.

New Tribal Chairman Pledges Collaboration

This week Mr. Vanderhoop officially took over as the new tribal chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). He was elected in November on a campaign of inclusivity.

Tribe Wants Casino Case Tried in Federal Court

Faced with a lawsuit challenging its right to build a casino in Aquinnah, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is seeking to have the case decided in federal, not state court.

Gift from Tribe to Oak Bluffs: Stormwater Collector for Harbor

The town selectmen presented a certificate of appreciation to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Tuesday for the rare gift of environmental protection.

Governor Patrick Goes to Court to Block Wampanoag Casino on the Vineyard

The 16-page complaint filed in the state Supreme Judicial Court claims the tribe breached a 1983 land claims settlement agreement by taking steps to allow gaming in Aquinnah.

New Era Begins

Members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) sent a strong message about their desire for change last week, voting by a wide margin to elect Tobias Vanderhoop as the new chairman of the tribal council.