The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to wade into the legal fight over the Aquinnah tribe’s gaming aspirations, clearing the way for an electronic bingo facility on Martha’s Vineyard.

In a two-word order — “certiorari denied” — the court refused to accept the case for review, dashing the best hopes of the town, the state and a community group to thwart a gambling hall on tribal land at the western tip of the Island.

Last April, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) won a ruling from a federal appeals court, which said the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act superseded the 1987 Massachusetts Settlement Act’s provisions restricting gaming.

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