Aquinnah Wampanoags shift state suit to federal court
If the Wampanoag Tribe from Martha's Vineyard has its way, the month-old suit by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head will play out in federal court.
Gov. Deval Patrick filed a lawsuit in early December seeking to block a proposed gaming facility on Martha's Vineyard.
Patrick is asking the Supreme Judicial Court to affirm a 1983 land settlement between the Commonwealth and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head in which the state contends the tribe forfeited its right to tribal gaming on the island.
The town of Aquinnah takes the view, outlined in a seven-page opinion, that the Wampanoag Tribal Council of Gay Head Inc. cannot operate a gaming casino in Aquinnah because the lands described in the Settlement Act are subject to the zoning regulations in effect at that time. - The Vineyard Times.