Citizens of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw
who oppose plans for a new casino are getting ready for a referendum on the issue.
A date hasn't been officially announced, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported. But Chahta for Better Government
, whose members won a tribal court decision in favor of the vote on the $25 million Red Water Casino
, says it must occur by November 22
"We will have an election on the Red water casino!" the group said in a post on Facebook
. "Thank you to everyone for standing by your signature!"
Chief Phyliss Anderson and the tribe's election committee had rejected a petition submitted by the group but decided not to pursue an appeal on the matter.
"I stand firm in my commitment to this project and the many successes I believe the Red Water Casino can achieve," Anderson said in an August 30 post
, when the petition was certified as legitimate. "And I have faith in our Choctaw people to evaluate the project on its merits and make an informed decision. I strongly believe we must work together to create more opportunities now and a brighter future for our children."
Red Water, if approved, would be the third gaming facility on the reservation. The flagship is the Pearl River Resort
A second facility, the Bok Homa Casino
, is located
in a satellite community. Red Water would be about the same size as Bok Homa.
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Choctaws expected to vote soon on new casino near Carthage
(The Jackson Clarion-Ledger August 31, 2017)
Choctaw tribe to vote soon on new Mississippi casino
(The Associated Press September 1, 2017)
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