Issues at Choctaw Tribal Council Meeting

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

The Choctaw Tribal Council met Thursday morning, and contrary to some rumors, the council did not choose to back off of having new elections for Chief and two Tribal Council Seats.

There was lots of chatter from the tribe members gathered in the audience, and from council members about the recently thrown out election, and the FBI investigation on the Pearl River Resort.

Miko Beasley Denson directly addressed the FBI investigation during the meeting, saying it is not clear exactly what the federal government is after, but then Vice-Chief Kevin Edwards held up what he said later was a copy of the FBI's search warrant.

"Kevin [Edwards], or [Chief candidate Phyllis Anderson], or [Tribal Council member Cyrus Ben], or no one else can call up to the FBI and say this is going on at the casino, and the judge just take their word for it," said Edwards following the meeting Thursday.

"There has to be something there, and that's the message that I want to get across to people they have to understand that."

Red Water Councilman Richard Issac also questioned an election commission employee during the meeting, asking why staff members from the Tribal Office had recently gone into the Elections Office for several hours.

No one commented, but Denson said a Tribal hearing could be called to discuss the issue.

We are scheduled to speak with Miko Beasley Denson Friday. On Thursday Choctaw public information officials did confirm that Denson will be on the ticket for the special election ordered by the Tribal Council.

That election will be open to all eligible candidates. Kevin Edwards confirmed Thursday that he will not try and run, and he will support Phyliss Anderson in the race.

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