Martin Says Proposed Casino Issue in Chief's Race

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The leader of the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians, Chief Phillip Martin, says opponents to his proposal to place a casino in Jackson County are supporting his foe, Beasley Denson.

Martin made the statements in a letter to tribal members.

Martin faces what could be a tough runoff election for an eighth term. He trailed Denson by a small margin in the June 12 election. The runoff is July 3.


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  • by duke Location: philadelphia on Aug 22, 2007 at 08:06 AM
    The democratic processes have worked! Chief Martin has done his job. If there were any fraudalent practices during his administration, it will come out in the open in time. Denson knows very well that there are not a whole lot of qualified choctaws to "run a complex gaming organization" so it would not be smart to do away with gaming professionals. There are, however, too many menial jobs that are taken by non Indians where a Choctaw should be working.Let us acknowledge Chief Martin for his contributions, but support Miko Denson as he applies his philosophy, "CHOCTAW FIRST!" Also, we as members of the tribe need to elect councilmen with well rounded education and not because of popularity or familial relationships! I have heard such things as"they should have elected John Doe because he is at everybody's funeral." What if funeral going JD is illiterate?!We need Choctaws that understand the complexities of a big business conglomeration, as well as, the processes of a governmental entity!
  • by wilma Location: Philadelphia on Jul 3, 2007 at 05:44 PM
    there is nothing wrong with change but in order to prosper as a tribe and to continued you MUST play the polital game something beasley knows nothing about
  • by Janis Location: Philadelphia on Jul 2, 2007 at 12:42 PM
    I am one of many tribal members who oppose the Jackson County casino. I would venture to guess that if this were brought to a referendum, the Choctaw people would vote against this move. This should be a testament to Philip Martin's regime, that he has lost touch with what the greater population really wants. What is never publicized is the oppression of the people and how easy it has been for Philip Martin to "win" these elections using unethical and illegal fraudulent practices. Money, threats and intimidations are used to manipulate the right to vote on teh Choctaw reservation. This is not democracy, but a eliteist system where only a few "supporters" benefit. We do have very well educated Choctaws who want to the concept of Self-Determination for all Choctaw people realized.
  • by Miss Lanny Location: Philadelphia on Jul 2, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    Mr. Martin has been long over due for retirement. The Choctaw tribe needs fresh ideas, new technologies, and learned individuals to run the tribal government. Oh, by the way, he only has a high school education. But then again, he has surrounded himself with white folks who are working to gain higher income financially for themselves and are not directly looking out for the good of the Choctaw people. It is time for a new leader to assume the Tribal Chief seat and proceed with enthusiasm and new direction for greater benefits for the Choctaw people.
  • by Linda Location: Philadelphia, mississippi on Jun 28, 2007 at 09:38 PM
    Beasely Denson does not plan on eliminating the blacks and whites from the casino. He just wants to see his people educated to be able to take a bigger lead in management. This needs to happen. I think Indian management could do a better job with Indian employees, because they are not afraid of them like the whites and blacks are. As it stands now, no white supervisor will back up anyone against a choctaw because they are afraid to. Beasley Denson is a very smart man, and would make a great chief. Chief Martin is not running things, but rather those that are not Native Americans/
  • by shamiqua Location: up in here on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:00 PM
    lord how mercy baby miss jesus aint thata shame
  • by Jay Location: Philadelphia on Jun 21, 2007 at 07:20 PM
    Phillip Martin complaining about outside influence? That is a laugh. Non-Indian "outside" influence has controlled this tribe for the duration of his administration. His administrative inner circle is comprised of whites with family ties to State and Federal Officials. He is out of touch and past his prime. He should welcome new leadership to ease the inevitable transition of power rather than taking the attitude that power will have to be wrenched from his cold, dead hands. He would be remembered as a far greater leader.
  • by shannon Location: philadelphia on Jun 21, 2007 at 08:47 AM
    i really hope the right people get out and vote for Phillip Martin I would hate to se e the Native Americans lose everything they have worked for by voting in denson who has made promises he knows he cant keep if the indians could take over the casino martin would have done it when boyd left it could not work then and it can not work now beasley denson is writing checks he knows he can't cash...........
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