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December 24, 2015

Recently the Wampanoag tribe was ruled against for their proposed casino project. The judge will not reconsider his ruling.

The request was denied on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor 4th.

The tribe is trying to develop a class II gambling venue that will operate bingo. The judge denied the project ruling that the Indian Gaming Rights Act (IGRA) does not apply to the tribe. The law was signed in 1988.

The bingo hall would be located at a community center in Aquinnah on tribal land.

The project has been opposed by the town of Aquinnah, the state, and a group that represents the taxpayers.

When the issue was heard in federal court, the tribe was ruled against by Judge Saylor in efforts to side with the wishes of the taxpayers. The ruling was made on November 13.

A motion was submitted by the Wampanoag attorneys to ask the judge to reconsider his ruling.

A formal appeal is expected to be submitted with the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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