Aquinnah given fighting chance

By George Brennan As Lakeville voters go to the polls today to vote on whether to host an Indian casino, a national expert who once called the shots on Native American gambling said federal officials will have no choice but to approve a casino for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). Harold Monteau, former chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission under the Clinton administration, said he is watching with interest Gov. Deval Patrick's hard-line stance against negotiating with the Aq... 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...

Freetown voters head to polls over casino

  A rendering of the preliminary project concept for the Aquinnah tribe's planned casino on the Freetown-Lakeville line.Handout   By George Brennan When Freetown voters go to the polls Tuesday, they will be the first to vote on a referendum specifically tied to a casino since the state passed legislation authorizing three casinos and a single slot parlor. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in the town, which is between Fall River and Lakeville. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay H... more...