Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees more opposition to gaming win

Cheryl Andrews-Maltais serves as chairwoman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe. Photo Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is facing opposition from the state of Massachusetts in its pursuit of a casino.

On April 11, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that the tribe can use its homelands for a small gaming facility. But rather than accept the ruling, the state and local opponents are asking for a larger panel of judges to rehear the dispute.

“We had hoped with the unanimous decision of the court, we’d turn a page and be able to work with the town,” Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais told The Martha's Vineyard Times. “We’re disappointed, but the appeal was expected, and we’re fully prepared to defend our rights.”

Indianz.Com on SoundCloud: 1st Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments in Commonwealth of Massachusetts v Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head December 6, 2016

The rehearing petitions open the door for a reversal of the tribe's victory. Even if the 1st Circuit doesn't grant the request, the state and local parties can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

Read More on the Story:
State AG asks First Circuit to reconsider Aquinnah case (The Martha's Vineyard Times 4/25)
State Joins Town, Taxpayers in Appeal of Casino Ruling (The Vineyard Gazette 4/25)
Court asked to reconsider ruling on Aquinnah gaming hall (The Cape Cod Times 4/25)

1st Circuit Court of Appeals Decision:
Massachusetts v. Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) (April 11, 2017)

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