The Wampanaog Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) wants to intervene in KG Urban’s lawsuit against the state’s Expanded Gaming Act to protect its gaming rights on its sovereign land in Massachusetts.

John R. Casciano of the high-powered Washington D.C. law firm of Steptoe and Johnson filed a motion late Friday asking that the tribe be considered an “intervenor defendant” alongside Gov. Deval Patrick and state Gaming Commission.

“These are big issues, whether states can provide advantages to tribes,” and the other parties in the suit will not protect the Aquinnah’s interest, said John Duffy of Steptoe and Johnson. “We ought to be in there and we ought to have our say.”

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