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November 24, 2015

A ruling against on the proposed bingo hall for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has the tribe seeking an appeal. The bingo hall would be located at the tribe's community center.

However the tribe's attorney intends to approach Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV and ask him to change his mind over his ruling. However for that to take place, there would need to be evidence of facts that the judge was not aware of.

The National Indian Gaming Commission ruled that Texas tribes were allowed to develop a facility that operates Class II gaming. That ruling was in October. The facility would offer the same type of gaming that the Aquinnah wish to have.

Support from the National Indian Gaming Commission has been giving to the Aquinnah over the right for the tribe to operate Class II gaming on their land.

The tribe has also argued that they had an agreement with the town and state that superseded the National Indian Gaming Act of 1988.

However, the judge believed that the tribe did not provide enough evidence that they have authority over the 485 acres of land. Also that gaming is not allowed under the zoning of the area.

December 11 is the deadline to file for an appeal.

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