MV Times, on April 13th, 2017

Aquinnah selectmen seek possible appeal of tribe ruling

Town administrator Adam Wilson meets with selectmen Juli Vanderhoop and Gary Haley before Thursday’s executive session. The board voted to research all aspects of appeal. —George Brennan

Aquinnah selectmen voted Thursday to pursue possible appeals of a federal court ruling that paves the way for a gambling facility operated by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

At a hastily called meeting at Aquinnah Town Hall, selectmen Juli Vanderhoop and Gary Haley met for 30 minutes behind closed doors with the town’s attorney Ronald Rappaport. A third board member, Jim Newman, was away and unable to attend Thursday’s meeting.

Vanderhoop and Haley emerged making no comment, but town administrator Adam Wilson announced the two members had voted during the executive session.

“There was a motion to move forward and research every aspect of appeal,” Wilson said. The vote gives Rappaport the authority to consult with other parties to the suit, including Attorney General Maura Healey’s office and attorneys for the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association.

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