Update on Phillip Martin

Early Wednesday evening, Newscenter 11 received word from the family of former Choctaw Indian Chief Phillip Martin that he was taken off life support Tuesday night.

According to family spokesperson Natasha Phillips, Martin, 83, suffered a massive stroke Monday while driving. Since then, he has been in critical condition at a Jackson hospital.

Phillips said doctors determined that the trauma that Martin suffered is irreversible, but he was not in pain.

Phillips said Martin's wife, Bonnie, has not left his side. The two just marked their 54th wedding anniversary. The couple's daughters, Patricia and Debbie, have also remained at the hospital.


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  • by Albert on Feb 4, 2010 at 11:42 PM
    Chief Martin was a friend to many. Not only did he help the Choctaw People he Helped Whites and Blacks alike. He brought unity and properity to all of Central Mississippi. His passing is a great loss.
  • by Bobby Location: Pacific Northwest on Feb 4, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    The Indian Country has lost a true friend and a leader for Indian cause. I was privileged to serve with him on the Tribal Council and a Vice-chairman to him in the earlier era. I had high hopes he would return and finish the job he started. Choctaw Self-Determination principle under his leadershp is now a history. Ya-ko-kee Chief Martin! To: Bonnie, Children and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • by Janis Location: Philadelphia on Feb 4, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    I worked on the reservation until I retired...I never had a bad encounter with Chief Martin.....He was a wonderful chief and human being...........He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him....May Miss Bonnie and all the family be carried thru this hard time with love from all their family and so many friends............God be with you all..........
  • by Mary J. on Feb 4, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    To the Martin family and friends, I'd like to say that Chief Martin was a mover and shaker while he was in office and the area is better off for having him as a leader for so long. He advanced the Choctaw and it probably would not have happened without him. I am praying for him and Miss Bonnie and the girls. You can be proud of your husband and father.
  • by Elois Location: Philadelphia on Feb 4, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    Chief Martin:May God send his angels down to take you home. May God bless Bonnie and the girls. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • by Cathy Location: Lauderdale county on Feb 4, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    It is a sad day for the Choctaw People. His are big shoes to fill. I hope there is someone who can try that has the same values and caring he did for his people. The current Chief is tearing apart everything he built.
  • by Cheryl Hamby Location: Tahlequah, Oklahoma on Feb 4, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    This marks a passing of an era. Chief Martin was truely a visionary for the Choctaw People. I am deeply saddened and will remember with much respect and pride my encounters with the Chief. May he be carried gently home.
  • by LAKOTA ELDER Location: PASADENA on Feb 4, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    May the Creator brighten his path to the Spirit World, for he gave of himself for his people. There is no higher accomplishment. Aho.
  • by sherrylilly Location: choctaw ms on Feb 4, 2010 at 12:27 AM
    phillip was and is a true indian leader so many good things have came to this tribe because of him he will be truly missed.
  • by Aricka Location: meridian
    i worked under the direction of Chief Martin and he was a wonderful person.He treated everybody the same tribal and non tribal, black,white and all other races! stay strong Martin Family, God knows best he never makes mistakes and u all are in my prayers! Because there will never be another Chief like Phillip Martin!!
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