Choctaw Tribal Council Approves Jones County Casino

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' Tribal Council voted Tuesday to move forward with a casino project in Jones County.

The site is near Sandersville on the tribal-owned Bogue Homa community, one of 10 communities comprising the Choctaw reservation. The development would be the tribe's second gambling area in the state.

Tribal spokesman Warren Strain said the decision is rooted in the Choctaw philosophy of self-determination and is in the best interest of the tribe.

The plan includes about 500 to 700 slot machines and a snack shop in a 27,000-square-foot building.

The casino would employ about 250 people. Strain said it would be about an $18 million investment for the tribe.


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  • by citizen Location: closeby on Jun 12, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    Old Casino Guy is right. They will increase their revenue with having only slots. Plus they'll pull a lot of people off of I-59 that would otherwise never stop in Mississippi. I agree though, I wish they would get a Company that knows how to run a Casino to come back in at Pearl River. It's gone down. Gambling is like alcohol. It's not going away. Learn to live with or without it. It has it's time and place as long as you don't let it control you.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    ????????????? they laid off how many because they are yipping no money coming in and yet they are making so much they can build another and cant hair back all they fired.. starting to think what is said about them is right.. they used lack of income to fire all the non Indians.... left them all hanging no job training no back up for them.... and what is left at the casino is a joke i rather travel to Vegas then there again... you ask a Indian there to do something they said its below me... ask a white to get it for you or clean up the restrooms... they say only white-man lies.. boy they dont look in the in the mirror .. oh thats right too poor to buy them...
  • by Tribal member Location: Choctaw,MS on Jun 9, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    All I can say is wow! Miko you might as well just quit as a tribal chief because you ____!This is not by opinion but by fact! you don't know how to run the tribal government plus you have made it to where all of us choctaws suffer just because we didn't vote for you.Now to mention about this casino??? what the heck?? I would have to agree with the comment made by the old casino guy 100%. All of those people who have "experience" they do not get a raise and all people who are employed with so many years they deserve a raise.I read in the democrat about 18 million dollar investment.Miko, with all due respect use that money to good use like focusing on building a new hospital and new healthcare for the choctaw people.Stop being so self centered and another note in the next election do not advertise yourself as a candidate for chief again, you're only a disgrace to our tribe.
  • by Old Casino Guy Location: Jackson on Jun 9, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    There are two ways to increase your bottom line: cut expenses or raise income. We all know PRR has cut expenses and people. A new casino w/ slots only will boost revenue by catching a less traveling crowd. The slots never call in sick, have no benefits and work 24/7. Slots are not a labor intensive operation unlike table games and I can imagine the building will be little more then a tent; remember the orginal Silver Star? Atleast it will create a few new jobs. That is a positive. Best of luck to the new operation. I am pretty sure Miko did not come up with this idea on his own. Bring back a professional casino management company with 50 years of experience, whoever is may be!!! Just my opinion
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Jun 8, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    FP - they weren't the first casino but they were the first not on a river. Besides, the state does not "allow" them to have it. They're federal, they're not subject to state gaming laws. Paul - I don't gamble at the ones that are already running so I highly doubt I'll darken the doorstep of the one in Jones Co. Although I bet that snack bar will be top notch! I wonder if they'll have regular or Kosher hot dogs.
  • by FP Location: Meridian on Jun 8, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    More economically challenged people losing more of their entitlement money. They should have never allowed the first casino in the State of Mississippi. What a waste.
  • by paul Location: jones county on Jun 8, 2010 at 02:21 PM
    why people of jones not going to like this we all have gone to casinos and we like it so this one will be close to us , you may say this guy south of I-20 and you will be out their gambleing too!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    thought golden moon was in debt so y is their another casino that is gnna put the tribe in more DEBT
  • by Tribal Member Location: Choctaw, MS on Jun 8, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    Wow, Miko just want quit, until he destroys the entire nation......one evil man!!!!!
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Jun 8, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Well... this ought to go over about as well as a lead balloon. I realize it's tribal land that there's nothing anyone can do (it's federal land, plus countless courts have ruled that Native Americans can do as they wish with their land) but those in the Free State of Jones are not going to like this one bit.
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