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Mississippi Choctaws won't be borrowing money to build new casino




The Bok Homa Casino in Heidelberg, Mississippi. Photo: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians gave its citizens an update on plans for a new casino.

The 35,800 square-foot Red Water Casino will be located in Leake County. Chief Phyliss J. Anderson said the tribe won't have to borrow any money to build it.

"What we're going to do is we're going to take our cash on hand. We're also going to use our cash from our operations," Anderson said at the meeting on Thursday evening, WTOK reported.

The casino is one of the reasons why some tribal citizens are seeking to recall Anderson from office, saying she has been irresponsible with the tribe's finances. But she disputed that allegation in a February 1 message.

"Our tribe is experiencing great growth and improvements despite what is being reported," Anderson told tribal members. In November, she reported an increase in gaming revenue and profit.

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.

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