Freetown voters say no to Aquinnah tribal casino

FREETOWN — Town voters declared their opposition Tuesday to a tribal casino proposed by the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, in a non-binding referendum that may hasten the tribe’s pursuit of a legal challenge to the state’s long-held contention that the Aquinnah signed away their federal rights to build a casino.

As another fallback, the tribe -- based on Martha’s Vineyard -- has been preparing to move ahead with plans to open a high-stakes bingo hall or poker room on the Vineyard, which would further test the state’s position that the Aquinnah cannot host tribal gambling.

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