County sets November vote on Mississippi Choctaw casino

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors scheduled a November 2007 vote on the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

The non-binding referendum asks voters if they support gaming. It reads: "Allow gaming located only on tribal reservation land owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians at Hwy57/I-10 in Jackson County Mississippi."

The tribe wants to build a $375 million casino in Ocean Springs, more than 200 miles from the reservation. The site is near a major interstate.

The tribe filed a land-into-trust application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to use 100 acres for gaming purposes. The casino requires the state governor's approval.

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