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Candidates oppose Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino project


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A screenshot of the Aquinnah Gaming website.

Candidates for a town leadership seat oppose plans by the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to open a casino in Massachusetts.

The tribe wants to open a Class II facility on its reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Incubment town selectman Beverly Wright, a former chair of the tribe, opposes the idea.

“When I was chairman of the tribe for five terms I advocated against a gaming facility in town and I still feel the same way,” Wright said at a candidates forum, The Martha's Vineyard Gazette reported. “As a selectman I represent tribal and non-tribal and not one person has ever come up to me and said they were interested or looked forward to having a casino in Aquinnah.”

Challenger Julianne Vanderhoop also opposes the casino. She too is a tribal member.

“I am 100 per cent against the casino coming to Aquinnah and that is something that I want everyone to know," Vanderhoop said at the forum, the Gazette reported.

The Obama administration said the tribe can engage in Class II gaming on its reservation. The state is trying to block the plan in court.

Get the Story:
Candidates Present United Front Against Casino in Aquinnah (The Martha's Vineyard Gazette 5/8)

Relevant Documents:
Solicitor Letter to Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (August 23, 2013)
NIGC Letter to Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (October 25, 2013)
Press Release: GSB Client Aquinnah Wampanoag to be First to Game in Massachusetts (November 12, 2013)

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