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State files lawsuit to block Martha’s Vineyard casino

Says Aquinnah ceded rights in 1983 Vineyard land deal

Governor Deval Patrick’s administration filed suit in state court Monday to block the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah from opening a small casino on tribal land on the western edge of Martha’s Vineyard, the renowned resort island and presidential vacation spot.

The lawsuit, filed before a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, comes three weeks after the tribe threw a curveball into the state’s unsettled gambling industry by announcing it had received all necessary federal approvals to convert an unfinished tribal community center into a temporary gambling hall and would do so “as soon as possible.”

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