Aquinnah seeks state gambling compact

Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, shown here at the site of a proposed gambling hall in Aquinnah, sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker requesting negotiations for a tribal-state compact for a Class III casino. — Lexi Pline The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah has asked Gov. Charlie Baker to enter into negotiations for a Class III casino compact, according to a letter sent by the tribe to Baker.

In a letter dated Sept. 8, Aquinnah Wampanoag chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais requests the compact negotiations. A Class III casino under the state’s gambling laws would allow for slot machines and table games such as blackjack and roulette.

The document became public at Monday’s select board meeting in Aquinnah. Town counsel Ron Rappaport said he requested a copy on Nov. 15 during a conference call with Baker’s office.

“I think that it’s important for this letter to be shown to our community and shared with our community,” Tom Murphy, Aquinnah select board member, said.

Board members had no further comment.

Baker’s press office did not immediately return a call seeking comment. A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said she would check to see if the request is on the commission’s radar. The state has two Class III casinos — one in Everett and the other in Springfield, as well a slot parlor in Plainville. A third Class III casino license set aside for southeastern Massachusetts has never been awarded by the state because of legal issues involving the state’s other federally recognized tribe — the Mashpee […]

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