AAA  Jul. 1, 2014 2:19 PM ET
Judge: tribe lawsuit remains in federal court
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(AP) — A federal judge has denied Gov. Deval Patrick's request to remand a lawsuit challenging the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's bid to build a gambling facility on the western tip of Martha's Vineyard back to state court.

Judge F. Dennis Saylor ruled Tuesday that there is "strong federal interest" in the dispute between the federally-recognized tribe and the state.

The state filed suit against the tribe in December 2013 after the tribe took steps to open a gambling facility on tribe-owned land.

The Patrick administration says the tribe violated a 1983 agreement granting it 400 acres on Martha's Vineyard with the understanding that the state's jurisdiction would never be impaired and the tribe would not "exercise sovereign jurisdiction." Later that month, the tribe requested the case moved to U.S. District Court.

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