Each faced with development encroaching on their native lands in the 1970s, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its sister tribe on Martha’s Vineyard, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), made different decisions about whether to sue, settle, or stand by and let it happen. Those decisions 30 years ago set the stage for the strikingly different positions in which the two tribes find themselves today in competing for the same license to open a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

While the Mashpee appear poised to clinch a casino deal with the state, the Aquinnah have been all but locked out of the process on Beacon Hill. The new state gaming law allows for one casino in Southeastern Massachusetts, with a set aside for a federally recognized Native American tribe, and makes no provisions for an agreement with more than one tribe.

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