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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe argues for a casino under IGRA

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts says it's entitled to a casino under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The tribe says IGRA supersedes its land claim settlement act, which subjects the reservation to state jurisdiction. Otherwise, local laws bar gaming on the reservation.

The issue has never been tested in court but it could arise if the tribe is allowed to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges H.3702, the state's new gaming law. IGRA allows a tribe to engage in the same types of gaming allowed in a state.

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island won a lawsuit that said IGRA superseded its land claim settlement. But Congress ended up amending IGRA to specifically exclude the tribe.

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