Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), called a stay the Supreme Court petitions expected and disappointing. – Stacey Rupolo

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is vowing to continue to fight for its homeland after the town, state, and a community group filed petitions to have the gambling issue decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In an email to the Times, tribal council chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais wrote that the filings were expected. “The most recent actions by the commonwealth, the town, and the community association continuing their efforts to stifle the tribe’s sovereignty and rights are not unexpected — albeit disappointing,” she wrote. “Our tribe has lived on Noepe [Martha’s Vineyard] for over 13,000 years, and we will continue to defend our homelands, our people, and our rights from the overreach by those who have come to our homelands with the intent to control our community and disregard our rights.”

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