The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will appeal a judge’s ruling denying it the right to operate a gambling hall in Aquinnah, a lawyer representing the tribe said Sunday.

Tribal council members last week gave the go-ahead to a legal attempt to overturn the ruling by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor 4th, who rejected the tribe’s bid to convert its unfinished and vacant community center into a class II (electronic bingo) gaming operation, said Scott Crowell, a Sedona, Arizona-based attorney.

Mr. Crowell said the tribe would certainly appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, but might first ask the judge to reconsider the ruling. “We disagree with the decision on several levels,” he said.

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