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Tribal chief, council seats on Tuesday ballot

PHILADELPHIA — Incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson is facing six challengers in Tuesday’s election that will include voting for seats on the Tribal Council.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anderson unseated incumbent Chief Beasley Denson in 2011 with 56 percent of the vote to become the first female to lead the 10,000-member Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, which is headquartered in Neshoba County.

Denson is among candidates for chief in the June election. Others are Billy G. Chickaway, Kevin J. Edwards, Robert Garcia Jr., Austin Tubby and Stella York Willis.

The Nehoba Democrat reports the ballot will include elections for Tribal Council in the communities of Bogue Chitto, Bogue Homa, Conehatta, Pearl River, Standing Pine, Tucker and Red Water.

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