Members of MBCI Want Tribe to Vote on Casino

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaws Indians are calling for a vote by the entire tribe on a planned expansion of gaming into Jones County.

The Tribal Council approved the casino near Sandersville on an 8-7 vote June 8.

A petition application calling for the election was presented to the office of Choctaw chief, Miko Beasley Denson, earlier this month. Tribal officials confirm that they have received it.

The proposed Bogue Homa casino would be the first casino built outside the tribal headquarters in Neshoba County.

The tribe is considering building a 27,000-square-foot casino. It is expected to be equipped with 500 to 700 slot machines. It would be a $17 million investment, employing about 250 people.

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