Facing long odds, the town of Aquinnah and a community group this week officially decided to fight to overturn an appellate court’s ruling that a gambling hall can be located on tribal land at the Island’s western edge.
Aquinnah selectmen discussed legal strategy Thursday afternoon before formally voting to “pursue all appellate avenues of relief, including . . . taking the case to the Supreme Court,” said town administrator Adam Wilson, after the five-minute closed session at town hall.
Selectmen Juli Vanderhoop and Gary Haley endorsed the move, after a discussion with Mr. Wilson and town counsel Ronald H. Rappaport. Selectman Jim Newman, who was out of the country, expressed his support via FaceTime before the meeting began, but did not participate in the official vote.
The town, the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association (AGHCA) and likely the state will be appealing an April 10 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Boston.