Tribe Says IGRA Governs Proposed Martha's Vineyard Casino

Law360, New York (May 31, 2016, 10:19 PM EDT) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) urged the First Circuit on Friday to overturn a lower court decision rejecting the tribe's bid to build a casino on Martha's Vineyard, arguing that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act preempts an earlier law regulating gaming on tribal lands.

U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor ruled on Nov. 13 that the 1983 Massachusetts Settlement Act prevented the tribe from pursuing gaming and wasn’t impliedly repealed by IGRA, and that the tribe hadn’t shown enough governmental authority to allow it to build a Class II facility offering electronic bingo without state permission.

The tribe argued...

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3890 Other Statutory Actions

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February 5, 2016

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