Aquinnah Files Suit Against Tribal Move
Julia Wells

The Aquinnah building inspector filed a lawsuit this week against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to test the question of whether the tribe must follow local zoning rules.

"A genuine controversy exists on this issue requiring judicial guidance," wrote Aquinnah town counsel Ronald H. Rappaport in the complaint.

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Tribe, Town Collide
Chris Burrell
In the view of Aquinnah police chief Doug Fortes, the turning point came in the fall of 1999, when rangers from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) came back from a trip to the Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York, packing a half dozen Glock nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistols.
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Key Tribal Sovereignty Case Returns
Julia Wells

A special superior court sitting is now set for next month in Edgartown on a case that will ultimately decide whether the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has the power to police itself when it comes to local zoning rules. The case will also decide the much larger issue of whether the tribe cannot be sued because of sovereign immunity.

The case has attracted little attention, despite the fact that the outcome could have far-reaching implications for every town on the Vineyard.

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Senior Wampanoag Officials Divide in Rising Dispute Over Tribal Finances
Chris Burrell
For months now, Wampanoag tribal chairwoman Beverly Wright has been telling her constituents and at least one federal agency that the tribe's finances are in terrible shape, riddled with debts from failed business ventures.
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Wampanoag Financial Crisis Forces Tribe to Sell Off Land and Stock Assets
Chris Burrell
A general store, a delicatessen and a shellfish hatchery - they were all supposed to add up to profits for the only federally recognized Indian tribe in the state, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).
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Tribe Plan for Police Force Triggers Mediation Talks
Chris Burrell
A federal mediator yesterday waded into the dispute between officials in Aquinnah and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) over the tribe's plans to form its own police force.
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Superior Court Hears Key Case
Chris Burrell
The question of whether claims of sovereignty entitle the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to skirt local and state laws will be decided in Dukes County superior court, rather than a federal district court in Boston where lawyers for the tribe wanted the case tried.
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Wampanoag Tribal Sovereignty Case Raises Jurisdictional Questions in Federal Court
Joshua Sabatini

U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock heard the case of Aquinnah building inspector versus the Wampanoag Tribal Council of Gay Head Wednesday and questioned whether the federal court has jurisdiction over the civil action. The outcome of the case will determine whether the town has zoning jurisdiction on tribal lands.

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Wampanoag Tribe Sees Fresh Chance to Press for Gambling Casino
Chris Burrell
For the first time since the mid-nineties, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is looking at favorable odds in its bid to build a high-end casino in southeastern Massachusetts.
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Town and Tribe Collide in Court
Julia Wells

Town and Tribe Collide in Court

Case Set for Wednesday Hearing Has Far-Reaching Implications; Outcome Hinges on Issue of Tribal Sovereignty

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

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