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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It is Official: It's Aquinnah
The Vineyard Gazette

One week after the bill was laid on his desk, acting Gov. Paul Cellucci yesterday signed into law the change that has been awaited by the Island’s smallest town since almost a year ago. The governor’s signature made it official.

The town of Gay Head is no more; long live the town of Aquinnah.

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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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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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Promotional Booklet by Tribe Reveals Casino Details
Alex Elvin

A booklet circulated to members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) prior to a referendum over the latest plan to bring gaming to Martha’s Vineyard offers the first public details of what the 9,000-square-foot casino in Aquinnah might look like.

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Tribe Vote to Overturn Casino Deadlocks, Fails
Alex Elvin

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.

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