Martin Sworn In

By: George McDonald
By: George McDonald

Chief Phillip Martin was inaugurated Tuesday to his seventh consecutive term as the elected leader of the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians.

Martin said he's thankful for the confidence the tribe has in his leadership.

"When you get a vote of confidence from your people, you know it feels good," said Martin. "It makes you want to work harder and produce the many things that they expect."

Under martin's leadership, the Mississippi Choctaw have become one of the most successful tribes in the U.S.

Since Martin was first elected in 1979, the tribe has opened more than two-dozen businesses. The largest is the $600 million Pearl River Resort, which includes two hotel-casinos, a water park, lake, Hard Rock Beach Club and white sands beach. The 9100-member tribe has a 35,000 reservation sprawling across ten Mississippi counties, with the majority of the land in Neshoba County.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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