The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has taken initial steps to be able to serve alcohol at its planned gambling facility on tribal land, a move bound to stir more controversy over the project.
But one of the tribe’s lawyers said Friday there are no immediate plans to serve alcohol once the gaming hall is opened. He also acknowledged that the tribe would first need to comply with state and local liquor licensing requirements.
The Liquor Control Ordinance adopted by tribal leaders last September was published this week in the Federal Register, the government’s official journal that announces proposed or new rules and regulations. The ordinance has been approved by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, which authorized its publication in the register, said one of the tribe’s attorneys, Scott Crowell.
If enacted, the ordinance would authorize limited conditions under which liquor can be sold — in the gaming facility, for example, as well as “tribal hotels, concert venues and golf courses.”