Chief-Elect Speaks Following Win

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Phyllis Anderson will be the next Chief of the Mississippi Choctaw, after winning a solid ten point victory over incumbent Beasley Denson.

Anderson will become the third Chief in five years for the tribe, and the first female to hold the position in it's history. Denson called to concede the race to Anderson Wednesday.

"With Mr. Denson calling me and congratulating me I can send that message onto the people," said Anderson.

The Chief-elect says one of her first orders of business will be reuniting the tribe, which she says was ripped apart during Denson's four years.

"My administration will provide leadership, but also compassion that has been lacking in our current administration," said Anderson.

"I believe that knowing that we will have an open and transparent government [the Choctaw people] can come to us and their voices will be heard."

Anderson will officially be sworn into office Tuesday, July 12th during the tribal council meeting. It begins at 9:00 AM.

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  • by JE Location: Carthage on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Typical Beasley Denson...The Choctaw tribe is a proud one but Mr. Denson has all but destroyed what Phillip Martin had worked so hard for. Phyllis, if elected will restore honor back to a once proud nation. Mr Denson bought shame upon your tribe by staying drunk and abusing his position. If he is re-elected the Ms. Choctaws will regress back to the way they were 30 years ago. Stand up for yourselves people and do not let Mikos threats prevent you from exercising your god given rights. Good luck Phyllis Anderson...
  • by Anonymous Location: Conehatta Resident on Jul 9, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    All tribal members were aware of the hours of when to vote. The ones left standing outside took it upon themselves and waited until the last minute. Transportation was provided all they had to do was call. If their vote wasn't counted they had a second chance to vote during the run-off election. Why wait to address this discrepancy after losing a run-off election.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    I'm for New Leadership. I hope she can see she is a leader NOW. OH wait wasn't she all ready a leader!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 09:13 PM
    How about not counting on distribution? How about EARNING your own money instead of waiting on a handout. Oh, at least no one will have to worry about being fired for having a mind of their own. The dictatorship is over!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    Be ready for her to be the puppet of the state government. Also be ready when we no longer get distribution checks.
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      by Kate on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:48 PM in reply to
      Chief Elect Anderson is not a puppet for the state government. The thing is she will work well work with the state & national government, unlike the current outgoing administration. Instead of working w/these governments, he criticized & acted like he didn't need to get along with them. I for one voted for Phyliss Anderson & believe she will bring the tribe back to prosperity that Denson tore down in four years of office. The only thing he talked about was the Bok Homa casino & Chief Elect Anderson as a "puppet" for Governor Barbour. The Choctaws gave Chief Elect Anderson a chance & I am sure she will do well for the tribe & will do more than what Beasley Denson did in his four years of office. Also, btw, if you didn't know, the distribution checks is a compact between the state & tribe. So, no matter what, we are guaranteed distribution checks yearly. As far as increasing the amount, it will have to be re-opened. Get your facts straight before posting any comments! Thank you!
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        by Nicole on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:10 AM in reply to Kate
        Distribution checks are not guaranteed. The compact simply allows us, the Tribe, to distribute up to $1,000 per enrolled tribal member in two payments, July and December. Just wanted to clarify.
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      by NON CHOCTAW on Jul 8, 2011 at 08:46 AM in reply to
      Is distribution the only thing you think about...what is $500 Dollars when you can easly earn that within two weeks if SOME of you Choctaw could just go to work ...Chief Anderson was the best Candidate between the two and I know in my heart that she will do good for the future of the MBCI and for our kids!!!!CONGRATULATIONS TRIBAL CHIEF PHYLISS ANDERSON
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        by Not all whites go to work on Jul 11, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to NON CHOCTAW
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          by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011 at 05:47 PM in reply to Not all whites go to work
          u don't know if non choctaw is white, black, hispanic, etc so why immediatly blame the whites/ that is the problem with america, they always have to blame someone. yes i know people (black, white, native, hispanic, etc) that are good and bad, work or not work etc you can't just jump to the conclusion tht non choctaw was white. by that you are being just a prejudice as she/he was being. also the term "chata first" to me is prejudice when alot of the money comes from other races. you must think about everyone.. this is not the 1800s or even the 1960s we need to get past race and see that God created 1 true race, mankind....peace and love to all regardless of sex race or color....please end the hate
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      by Peabody on Jul 9, 2011 at 12:57 AM in reply to
      Sounds like you are afraid you might have to do something to get a check. From what I have seen the present Chief is happy is happy to keep/make his people drunk and lazy rather than being what they can be.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    I'm very glad that Ms. Anderson was elected. She was the best choice of the two runoff candidates. Tribe members, please pray for her as she has a lot of responsibilities now.
  • by NaYuppa Location: philly on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Very happy for you, Chief Anderson, and for us Chata people! Tears of joy flow, and also prayers of hope for our people, and above all, thanks to Chihowa (God)for the deliverance He has given us! God Bless!
  • by Cheryl Location: Oklahoma on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:26 PM
    Congratulations to Ms. Anderson. I look forward to a future of solid service and leadership by Ms. Anderson's administration. Congratulations!
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