Many of the residents of Aquinnah are descendants of the Wampanoag Indians who helped the first colonial settlers survive on the island. The Tribe’s ancestral lands have always been on the southwestern end on Noepe which is the Indian name for Martha’s Vineyard. The brilliant colors of the Aquinnah Cliffs, a National Landmark, are one of the most notable sites on the island delighting tourists and scientists alike.
The Town of Aquinnah has various elected and employed officials to service the needs of its residents including the following individuals:
Selectmen: Spencer Booker, James Newman, and Beverly Wright
Town Administrator: Adam Wilson
Town Clerk: Carolyn Feltz
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is governed by an elected Tribal Council who is very active in the affairs of the town.