A federal appeals court has rejected another bid to halt efforts by the Gay Head Wampanoags to conduct a gambling operation on Martha’s Vineyard, narrowing the legal options of the state, town and community group to an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The town of Aquinnah, the commonwealth and the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association had asked the full, six-judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit to hear the case, after a three-judge panel of the same court ruled in favor of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) last month.

In a one-sentence order issued Wednesday, the full court declined to hear the case and indicated that the three-judge panel had also denied a request for a re-hearing. The decision means the opponents now have one further appeal, to the nation’s highest court, which hears only about one per cent of the 7,000 to 8,000 petitions it receives each year.

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