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Mississippi Choctaw leaders approve plan for new gaming facility

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians owns and operates the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Photo: g-s-h

Leaders of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are moving forward with plans for a new gaming facility.

The tribal council voted 9-7 on Friday to build the Red Water Casino. The 35,800 square-foot gaming facility in Leake County will feature 500 slot machines, 10 table games and dining options. It's expected to create 200 jobs.

“This project is a win for our tribe. The Red Water Casino will bring new jobs and more revenue to our growing population," Chief Phyliss J. Anderson said in a press release. "We must invest in our future; opportunities do not stand still and wait."

The tribe's flagship gaming facility, Pearl River Resort, is about 30 miles from the area where the new casino will go. The tribe also operates the the Bok Homa Casino in a satellite community about 100 miles away.

The gaming operation reported an increase in revenue and profit last year but some tribal citizens don't think the tribe should be pursuing another facility. They are collecting signatures on a petition to recall Anderson from office.

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