Historic Ruling Grants Gay Head Indians Federal Recognition
Elaine Lembo
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
John H. Kennedy
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
John H. Kennedy
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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Judge Denies Tribe's Motion to Reconsider Casino Ruling
Julia Wells

A federal judge will not reconsider his recent ruling rejecting a bid by the Wampanoag tribe to build a casino in Aquinnah. The case is now expected to head to a formal appeal process.

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Wampanoag Tribe Asks Judge To Reconsider; HUD Grants Extension
John H. Kennedy

As the Aquinnah tribe presses its case in federal court to open a gambling hall on the Island, it has been granted an extension to repay $1.1 million in federal funds used to build a community center that’s targeted for the casino.

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Tribe Will Appeal U.S. Court Ruling Denying Casino Rights
John H. Kennedy

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will appeal a judge’s ruling denying it the right to operate a gambling hall in Aquinnah.

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Learning to Speak Across the Ages with Wampanoag Language Program
Alex Elvin

The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, based in Mashpee, plans to co-launch a language immersion preschool next fall, a major milestone in its efforts to revive the language.

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Judge Rules Tribe Gave Up Rights to Build Casino in Aquinnah
John Kennedy and Alex Elvin
The decision on Nov. 13 by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor 4th was a sweeping legal victory for the town of Aquinnah, the state and the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association, which argued that the tribe must submit to local and state gambling prohibitions.
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Court Denies Tribe Rights to Pursue Gambling on Martha's Vineyard
John H. Kennedy

Wampanoag tribal leaders reacted with disappointment and casino opponents with relief following a ruling by a federal judge Friday denying the tribe the right to build a casino on tribal land in Aquinnah.

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