Opponents of the Class II bingo hall proposed by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, failed to drum up enough votes in a referendum to kill the project. However, its ultimate fate still rests with a federal court that has not yet issued a ruling on its legality.
The vote in the tribal referendum was split exactly 110 to 110, but it would have required a two-thirds vote to overturn the previously adopted decision to build a casino and deploy 300 electronic bingo machines (but no Las Vegas-style games). Many of those voting made a special trip from the mainland, where the majority of the tribe resides. Most of the tribal residents of the island oppose the casino, while the mainland residents support it.
The vote took place a short distance from the location of the proposed casino.