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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe seeking investors for Class II facility

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A screenshot of the Aquinnah Gaming website.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is seeking investors for a $10 million Class II gaming facility.

The tribe plans to build the casino on its reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Details haven't been announced but one official said it will be a modest facility.

"Gaming has never been a panacea; however, it's a catalyst," Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairwoman of tribe's gaming commission, told the Associated Press. "You need money to make money."

Gov. Deval Patrick (D) is suing the tribe in hopes of stopping the project. The state claims the tribe gave up its gaming rights under the Massachusetts Indian Land Claims Settlement Act of 1987.

In 2004, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the law subjects the tribe to state jurisdiction. But the lawsuit is being heard in federal court so there could be a different outcome.

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