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Choctaws' gaming revenue growth second-fastest in U.S.

PHILADELPHIA — Indian casinos brushed off weak consumer spending in a sluggish U.S. economic recovery to post a modest increase in revenue in 2011, an industry study reported Wednesday. Not only did revenue rise 3 percent, to $27.4 billion, but Indian casinos are holding on to their share of total casino gambling revenue, competing closely with commercial casinos, according to ...

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Choctaws to open produce packing/processing plant

CARTHAGE — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to help establish a fresh produce and packing business at the former Patriot Ford facility in Carthage. MBCI says the grant will be utilized over a three-year period to renovate the Patriot Ford facility into a packing and processing ...

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Bathtub manufacturer dedicates Choctaw land for plant

PHILADELPHIA — KemPosits LLC has dedicated its plant on the Choctaw reservation where it will produce bathtubs. Tribal Chief Phyliss Anderson tells the Neshoba Democrat the company’s $2-million investment reinforces the tribe’s business portfolio and creates jobs. KemPosits president Charlie Quinn said the company’s products include the Eco-Elite Series of walk-in bathtubs. He praised the cooperation of the Tribal Council ...

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Choctaw Indians break ground for new retail complex

BOGUE CHITTO — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Big Creek General Store Sept. 22 in Bogue Chitto. The 5,200-square-foot retail facility will include a general store, fuel center, bait shop, laundromat, fitness center, ATM and a satellite first responder’s office to house security, police and emergency personnel. The center will also have a ...

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Gagnon named new president/CEO of Pearl River Resort

CHOCTAW — Holly Gagnon has been selected president and CEO of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ Pearl River Resort. Gagnon’s most recent roles were vice president of finance/planning and analysis for Caesars Entertainment and lecturer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Gagnon is also a certified public accountant (CPA). Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, Tribal ...

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Choctaws' business unit could close in November

PHILADELPHIA — Applied Geo Technologies on the Choctaw Indian Reservation could close in November. The Tribal-owned provider of aerospace and defense services employs 110. Tribal Chief-Elect Phyliss Anderson tells The Neshoba Democrat she was aware of the 60-day notification but had no part in the decision that was made by the board of directors of the Choctaw Holding Group. She ...

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Anderson unseats Denson as Choctaw chief

CHOCTAW — Phyliss J. Anderson has unseated incumbent Beasley Denson to win the race for Choctaw Tribal Chief In complete, but unofficial returns from yesterday’s election, Anderson polled 2,011 votes, or 56 percent, to win over Denson, who had 1,523 votes, and Shirley Martin Berg who tallied 63 votes. Choctaw Election Committee chairman Berdie John says 241 absentee ballots would ...

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Choctaws anticipate increased profits from Pearl River Resort

CHOCTAW — Pending final approval by the Choctaw Tribal Council, Pearl River Resort and Casino’s new budget anticipates net profits will increase from a projected $83.3 million to $100.4 million next fiscal year. 
The FY 2012 budget, which was just recently approved by the Pearl River Resort Board, will be presented to the full Tribal Council for adoption this week. ...

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Pearl River Resort hires new outside auditor

CHOCTAW — Pearl River Resort and Casino, owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, has hired a new independent auditor. BDO USA, a century-old professional services firm providing tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies, will assume the external auditing duties previously performed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. PricewaterhouseCoopers had been providing ...

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Choctaws' outside auditor quits, won't say why

CHOCTAW — Price Waterhouse Coopers has quit as outside auditor for the casinos run by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The Clarion Ledger reported that the firm would not say why, citing policy on client matters. The firm’s decision came at the same time FBI agents subpoenaed records from Beasley Denson, the tribe’s chief, who has been kicking off ...

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