U.S. Supco Paves Way for Aquinnah Wampanoag Plan

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to get involved in the case has paved the way for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to go ahead with plans for a gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard.

That leaves in place a lower court ruling that favors the tribe, which had proposed a gambling hall with 300 electronic bingo machines and live bingo.

Opposition to the plan came from the state and the Martha's Vineyard town of Aquinnah. They argued that a 1980s agreement granting the tribe nearly 500 acres had specifically prohibited gambling.

The tribe argued a federal law effectively repealed that gambling prohibition.

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