The town of Aquinnah and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) were back in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit Monday morning.

More than a year after a U.S. District Court ruling halted construction on a proposed Wampanoag bingo hall in Aquinnah, the town and tribe will face off in court again.

A recent decision by the federal government to take some 300 acres of Mashpee Wampanoag land out of federal trust does not affect the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), but it speaks volumes about the political climate currently facing native peoples across the country, tribal chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais said this week

The Wampanoag Tribe is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge who said the tribe must obtain local and state building permits before it can build a class II gaming facility.


Mounting legal bills have prompted the Aquinnah selectmen to tentatively set a special town meeting and special town election for early October.

After nearly two months of bickering in and out of court, the Wampanoag tribe and town of Aquinnah have a written agreement that allows the tribe to secure the site of the proposed bingo hall where construction activity has been halted.