Tribe Can't Build Martha's Vineyard Casino, Mass. Judge Says

Law360, New York (November 16, 2015, 1:36 PM EST) -- A Native American tribe’s bid to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard was quashed on Friday when a Massachusetts judge ruled that the tribe had not established enough governmental authority over its settlement lands on the island.

U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor said that although the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has limited jurisdiction over 485 acres of land held in trust by the federal government, the tribe failed to show that it has authority over those lands by providing services such as a...
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