Chief Phyllis Anderson is urging citizens of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to vote for a new casino in Mississippi. Image: Chief Anderson
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians schedules election for new gaming facility



Citizens of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will be going to the polls to determine the fate of a controversial gaming project.

Chief Phyllis Anderson announced the November 16 referendum on Facebook. She says the Red Water Casino will create more jobs, lower the tribe's debt and generate more economic opportunity on the reservation in Mississippi.

"This is a very important decision about the future of our tribe," Anderson wrote in a post on Monday. "Are you ready to move forward and build progress?"

But a group called Chahta for Better Government, which forced the tribe to schedule the election, isn't so sure. These citizens aren't opposed to an expansion of gaming -- they just don't think the Red Water site in Leake County is the best place for the new facility.

The tribe's flagship gaming facility is the Pearl River Resort, which consists of two separate casinos. It's about 30 miles from the Red Water site.

The tribe also operates the Bok Homa Casino in a satellite community about 100 miles away. Red Water will be similar in size to that facility.

Read More on the Story:
Choctaw vote on new casino set for Nov. 17 (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger September 11, 2017)

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