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The tribe argued a federal law effectively repealed that gambling prohibition.