Like a Ferris wheel cabin being stopped at the top of its arc, a federal appeals court has frozen its decision in the case that paves the way for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) bingo hall.

The stay was issued on Monday by the First Circuit Court of Appeals. It gives the town, Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts time to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The appeals court stay gives the parties 90 days to file a cert application with the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. “If the petition for certiorari is denied, mandate shall issue forthwith,” the two-page court ruling states.

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