A final round of arguments was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week before the justices decide whether to take up a challenge to the Aquinnah tribe’s right to conduct electronic bingo on the Island.

The commonwealth of Massachusetts, the town of Aquinnah and the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association filed briefs Monday urging the court to grant certiorari — a full review of the case — to settle conflicting decisions by federal courts over a key issue in the gaming controversy involving the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

The state, town and community group argue that the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a sweeping law adopted by Congress to establish a national regulatory system for tribal gaming, should not “impliedly repeal” the more specific Massachusetts Settlement Act, which applies solely to the Aquinnah tribe and includes gaming language. They cite a federal appellate court’s decision involving a Texas tribe that supports their view.

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