Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe Secures Federal Approvals Needed To Proceed With Gaming Facility On Its Existing Indian Lands

November 12, 2013 (Aquinnah, Massachusetts).  The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has secured the federal approvals necessary for it to open a Class II gaming facility on the Tribe’s existing Indian lands on Martha’s Vineyard. On August 29, 2103, the National Indian Gaming Commission (“NIGC”) approved amendments to the Gaming Ordinance specifically identifying the Tribe’s existing trust land on the Island. On October 25, 2013 the NIGC’s General Counsel issued a legal opinion concl... more...

Statement on the Freetown casino vote by Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

"The outcome was disappointing, but truly not unexpected. Confused voters vote no. Rushed voters vote no. Uncertainty results in a no vote. Risk of litigation results in a no vote.  Lack of detail results in a no vote. We did not want to proceed to a vote under these circumstances, but in order to comply with the unreasonable timelines of a poorly written law, we had no choice but to proceed as we did. So we complied with the mandated and unreasonable referendum timeline and met the requirement un... more...

Aquinnah Tribe Urges Freetown Residents to Vote Yes Tuesday for Jobs, New Town Revenues and Smart Economic Development

Aquinnah – May 28, 2012 -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) urges Freetown residents to come out Tuesday May 29 and vote Yes in the town referendum for new jobs, new town revenues and smart economic development. “Freetown residents can make the right choice by voting Yes – for a smart new entertainment destination that will be the right size, location and design, and bring tremendous economic and cultural benefits to the community,” said Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairwoman of the A... more...

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Announces Planto Preserve Land In Freetown and Lakeville Ahead of Referendum Votes

Aquinnah, MA – May 17, 2012 -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) announced today that it would dedicate a significant portion of the land under consideration for a casino resortin Freetown and Lakeville for preservationpurposes. Through Purchase and Sale Agreements, the Tribe controls more than 500 acres in two separate parcels in the two towns. On May 29 in Freetown and June 2 in Lakeville, residents will vote on whether to become host communities for the Tribe’s casino resort. Only a... more...