A federal appeals court this week froze the effect of its ruling that the Aquinnah tribe has the legal authority to operate a gambling hall on the Vineyard, while the town, the state and a community group ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, which ruled for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) last month, nevertheless issued a stay of mandate Monday and gave the gaming opponents 90 days to file their appeal.

If the nation’s highest court declines to review the case, the stay will end.

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