The US Justice Department has sided in favor of the Martha's Vineyard casino
project owned by the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe.
The tribe is attempting to overturn a ruling from November by the US District
Court. The court ruled that the casino could not be legally operated because the
tribe was not acting like a sovereign government.
A friend of the court brief was submitted last week by the Justice Department to
show support for the tribal casino.
The Justice Department submitted a statement that the tribe should be treated
fairly. Support for the tribe and the casino project has also come from the
National Indian Gaming Commission and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe want to develop a slot parlor with 300 machines.
The casino could potentially earn $5 million a year.
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