Appeals court weighs tribe’s quest for casino land
BOSTON (AP) — A Native American tribe’s long running effort to secure sovereign land for a casino in Massachusetts is now in the hands of a federal appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in Boston in an appeal brought by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The three-judge panel pressed lawyers for the tribe and residents opposed to the casino on the legal particulars of the case. The panel is expected to rule later. The tribe was granted 321 acres of trust lands by the federal government, but a judge overturned it in 2016 after residents argued the tribe didn’t qualify for the land.