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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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New Choctaw chief election set for Sept. 6

CHOCTAW — Phyliss J. Anderson will officially kickoff her second campaign for chief of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians with an announcement Aug. 1. Anderson and incumbent Chief Beasley Denson will be on the Sept. 6 ballot. Anderson had defeated Denson in a July 5 runoff. However, the Tribal Council, citing voting irregularities, threw out the results of the election ...

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Denson: Choctaws to cooperate fully with FBI

CHOCTAW — The chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says he’s confident in tribal casinos’ management and has told casino officials to cooperate fully with the FBI. A statement from Bradley Denson says the nature of the investigation is still unclear. The Hattiesburg American reports that his statement July 15 says he is concerned about the investigation’s timing. ...

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Choctaws tight-lipped about FBI search

CHOCTAW — One day after the FBI served a search warrant on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, no one is talking. The Choctaws are as tight-lipped as the FBI about what occurred yesterday at the Golden Moon and Silver Star casinos in Neshoba County. The casinos did not close, Paul Harvey, the chief executive officer of the resort, said ...

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FBI conducts search at Pearl River Resorts

CHOCTAW — The FBI conducted a search yesterday at the Pearl River Resorts run by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Neshoba County. Neither the FBI nor the tribe would say what the FBI was looking for. The resort, which includes the Silver Star and Golden Moon casinos, did not close, Paul Harvey, the chief executive officer of the ...

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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 ...

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Edwards announces bid for Choctaw chief

CHOCTAW — Tribal Council member Kevin Edwards says he will for chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Edwards would be the first formal challenger to Tribal Miko Beasley Denson, who is expected to run for a second term. Edwards says he wants to improve the financial health of the tribe. If elected, he says he wants to create ...

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Judge expected to rule on Jones County casino

SANDERSVILLE — Judge Jeffrey Webb is expected to rule later on a request by three Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian members to force an election for the new casino project in the Bogue Homa community of Jones County. Webb, a tribal judge, heard both sides of the argument earlier this week. An attorney for the three Tribal members told the ...

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