Column: Mississippi Choctaw chief renews economy focus

"Choctaw tribal chief Phyliss Anderson restored and reopened Phillip M's at the Pearl River Resort last week. She also signaled her intent to renew the economic policies so successfully implemented by the restaurant's namesake.

"Under the visionary leadership of our late Chief Phillip Martin, our tribe realized great progress and today I am proud to honor his legacy with the re-opening of Phillip M's," said Anderson, flanked by members of Martin's family.

"Our Tribe has realized the greatness that began in 1994 was a true and real beginning of true and honest Choctaw self determination," she continued. "That's the milestone we reached, and if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have reached that."

Martin was credited with vastly improving the economic standing of the Tribe by bringing wiring harness factories, plastic molding enterprises, two casinos, and world class golf courses to the 30,000-acre reservation in Neshoba County."

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