Choctaw Indians to vote soon on new casino

Published 10:59 pm Friday, September 1, 2017

JACKSON (AP) — A new casino could be coming as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is expected to vote soon on whether to build it.

The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday if the casino in the Red Water community is approved it would be the tribe’s fourth. Two are in Neshoba County and another in Jones County. Red Water is in Leake County roughly 6 miles south of Carthage.

A tribal judge ruled in mid-August the more than 1,600 signatures on a measure for the casino were raised valid after tribal authorities had rejected enough for the requirement.

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Rather than appeal, Chief Phyllis Anderson said in a statement legal proceedings would stop and the tribe would vote if the $25 million project should proceed.

No date has been set for the referendum.