Vineyard Tribe Petitions MGC For Class III Gaming License

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

Summary Vineyard Tribe wants Class III Gaming License

Tribe is also petition for mobile sports betting

Tribe pushing for a discussion with Massachusetts Gaming Commission

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) tried to get a Class III gaming license back in 2012, when Massachusetts was giving out just one Class III gaming license.

The tribe opened negotiations with then Governor Deval Patrick but did not get approval. The tribe has recently focused on obtaining a Class II gaming license as it does not need approval from the state. Proposed Bingo Hall Meets With Opposition

The Wampanoag Tribe tried to get a bingo hall going in Aquinnah in 2019 and cleared a lot of land near its tribal headquarters. However, they had to stop work on the proposed bingo hall as the town raised a legal dispute. A federal appeals court asked the tribe to obtain a building permit from the town before commencing construction.

The Vineyard tribe wasn’t in favour of obtaining a building permit from the tribe and hence construction work has come to a halt. The tribe has now decided to change track and renew its push for a Class III Gaming license. Tribe Sends Formal Request For Gaming Negotiations The tribe sent across a formal letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Sep 8 asking for gaming negotiations to be opened. Cheryl Andrews Maltais , tribal chairwoman said an official letter was sent based on the instructions outlined by the Indian Gaming Rights Act […]

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