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Former tribal official under indictment faces more charges

A former member of the Tribal Council for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is facing more charges. Randy Anderson of Conehatta is already accused of defrauding a tribal government. Now the 46-year-old Choctaw faces a superceding indictment accusing him of committing an abusive sexual contact. A statement by U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says Anderson entered the home of a ...

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New chief takes oath of office for Mississippi Choctaw tribe

A new chief has been sworn in for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Cyrus Ben took his oath of office Tuesday, becoming the fifth chief since the tribe received federal recognition in 1945. Ben is a businessman and former tribal council member. He defeated Chief Phyliss J. Anderson by a wide margin in a runoff election July 2. Anderson ...

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Anderson wins second term as Choctaw chief

PHILADELPHIA — Chief Phyliss J. Anderson has been re-elected chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Complete, but uncertified returns from Tuesday’s runoff, show Anderson with 55 percent of the vote, defeating former chief Beasley Denson. A new runoff was set after the Tribal Council overturned a June 20 runoff where Anderson defeated Denson with 52 percent of the ...

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Anderson leads Denson, for now, in Choctaw chief runoff

PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was to count absentee ballots Wednesday to decide the runoff election for chief. Multiple media outlets report the unofficial results from Tuesday’s runoff showed incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson with a 54-vote lead over former chief Beasley Denson. Tribal officials say 370 absentee ballots remain to be counted. Anderson unseated Denson, ...

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State's casinos saw another fall in revenue in August

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue fell in August, with performance continuing to diverge between coastal and river regions. State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $175 million from gamblers in August, down 2 percent from $179 million in August 2013. The 12 coastal casinos won $94.1 million, up 5 percent from August 2013. The 17 river casinos ...

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GOLF ranks state's courses; Fallen Oaks, Dancing Rabbit make top 100

  AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Fallen Oak and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club/Azaleas have been ranked No. 30 and No. 32 respectively on GOLF Magazine’s “2014 Best Courses You Can Play” in America – a biennial list of 100 public-access courses. Using a team of national course raters, GOLF Magazine recognized five Mississippi courses overall in its “2014 Best Courses Near You” ...

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Choctaw chief lands top womens leadership honor

Choctaw Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson was recently honored by the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women with the Woman of the Year award in the Political/State and Local Government category. Former state senator and Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women chair Gloria Williamson presented Anderson with her award. Four other distinguished Mississippi women were in the Political/State ...

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Southern Gaming Summit: Tribal gaming growing in the South

BILOXI — Tribal gaming is expanding in the Southern region of the U.S. with the addition of gaming space, hotels and amenities such as spas, to keep gamblers longer and the casinos profitable for tribe members. Session attendees heard regional reports from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma Wednesday at the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi. Holly Gagnon, president ...

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Chief Phyllis making a difference

On October 2011, Phyllis J. Anderson took over as the first woman in history to serve as chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Neshoba County. It was a turbulent time with controversy over some of the tribe’s gaming operations, and an FBI raid that was followed by the resignation of the Price Waterhouse Coopers, the financial firm ...

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Trailblazers present awards

The Mississippi Trailblazers recently honored its award winners. Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, tribal chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was presented with the Mississippi Trailblazers Inspire Award. Sam Haskell, Amory native and former executive vice president and worldwide head of television for the William Morris Agency, was honored with the Mississippi Trailblazer of the Year award. Doyce Hancock ...

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