Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head

Wampanoag Exhibit Reveals Hard Truths of History

Every year, a new chapter has been added to “Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History, a recurring exhibit at the Aquinnah Cultural Center.

Powwow Celebrates Tribal Heritage, Traditions

Every year, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) gathers for its annual powwow — a festive two-day celebration of tribal heritage.

Tribal Chairman Named as Panelist in Iowa Forum

Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairman of the Wampanoag tribe, was selected to be a panelist at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.

Tribe Agrees to Halt Construction on Bingo Hall Site

In the latest volley between the town and tribe over the future bingo hall in Aquinnah, tribal leaders agreed this week to halt work on the site until legal issues can be resolved.

Federal Judge Rules Tribe Must Obtain Building Permits for Bingo Hall

In a stunning turn, a federal district judge in Boston issued a ruling that holds the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) must obtain building permits before constructing a bingo hall on tribal lands.

Wampanoag Tribe and Town Spar in Court Again

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court on April 4, attorneys for the town asked the court to clarify the scope of the court rulings that gave the tribe the right to build a gambling facility.

MVC, Tribal Leaders Hold Private Summit to Discuss Bingo Hall

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission met with Wampanoag tribal leaders at a private summit in Aquinnah this week to discuss fallout from the recent start of construction on a long-planned bingo hall.

Selectmen Seek Public Meeting With Tribe Over Bingo Hall

Aquinnah selectmen voted Wednesday to send a letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), requesting a public meeting to discuss the bingo hall now under construction.

Public, Elected Leaders React as Construction Begins on Bingo Hall

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has officially broken ground on a long-promised gambling facility in the small up-Island town, unleashing a flurry of concern.

The Road to Casino Gambling

Here is a timeline of key events in efforts by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to offer gambling in Massachusetts:

1870 Massachusetts incorporates the town of Gay Head over the objections of the Wampanoags.

Dec. 1974Tribe sues town in U.S. District Court, asserting its rights to tribal land under the 1790 Non-Intercourse Act.