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Anderson becomes first female Choctaw chief

CHOCTAW — Phyliss J. Anderson has defeated Beasely Denson with 55 percent of the vote in a run-off election to become the first woman chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

The Neshoba Democrat reports that complete but unofficial returns show Anderson with 1,741 votes to incumbent Denson’s 1,408.

The Choctaw Election Committee was to begin counting 214 absentee ballots today.

The 50-year-old Anderson is a native of the Red Water community in Leake County. She is a graduate of Choctaw Central High School and East Central Community College where she earned an associate degree in liberal arts. She is a member of the Tribal Council.

Denson led the nine-candidate field in the June 14 election.

Denson was elected in 2007, defeating longtime chief Phillip Martin.

Source: Neshoba Democrat

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