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Tribe Wins Appeal Over Massachusetts Casino

Court Says Tribe Has Right To Offer Gambling

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A federally recognized Native American tribe in Massachusetts has won a court ruling that could clear the way for it to build a slots casino on Martha’s Vineyard.

According to a report from the Boston Globe, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the Aquinnah Wampanoag meet the requirements to conduct gaming on its land.

Tribal gaming is regulated by the federal government.

“As we have always asserted, the Aquinnah Wampanoag has every right to conduct gaming on our tribal lands just as any other tribe in the country,” tribal Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais said. “This decision affirms our sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the land that has always been ours and solidifies our place in the gaming market.”

Both state and local officials contend that the tribe can’t offer gambling on its land. It’s unclear if they will continue with trying to block the tribe’s gambling plans.

Another Native American tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag, is engaged in a court battle to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton.

There are two commercial casinos under construction in the Bay State—one from Wynn Resorts near Boston and one from MGM Resorts in Springfield.