The Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah told a federal judge Monday that the tribe should be permitted to intervene in a lawsuit by a private developer seeking to overturn part of the 2011 state casino law.
The tribe is trying to join a case filed last November by KG Urban Enterprises, a developer suing the state for the right to bid for a commercial casino license in New Bedford.
Lawyers for the state and for KG Urban told US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton that they probably would oppose the tribe’s motion to join the case, but wanted time to develop their arguments. Gorton gave the two sides until Sept. 19 to submit briefs on the tribe’s attempt to intervene.
The Aquinnah tribe argues that it deserves to be heard in the lawsuit because the outcome of the case could affect the tribe’s ability to pursue a casino development.