The Aquinnah selectmen have retained a Boston attorney to represent the town in potential litigation against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) over the planned 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.

More concerns occupied Aquinnah selectmen as the Wampanoag tribe clears land for its planned 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.

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.

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.