Chief-Elect Anderson Addresses Media

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has a new chief-elect.

For the second time in as many months, Phyliss Anderson has been elected to the office of chief.

The first time, the results were thrown out over voting discrepancies. But a new election produced the same results.
In fact, this time the vote margin was wider for Anderson.

She inherits a job that has been mired in controversy for months. There have been questions about finances, an FBI investigation, as well as the election controversy.

But Anderson says she's up to the task, and is ready to being serving her people.

As of Wednesday afternoon, chief-elect Phyliss Anderson said she had yet to hear from incumbent Beasley Denson, but she says she does not expect any controversy over the results of this election.

But there are still controversial issues for Anderson to start tackling.

"The most important thing I have to do is to make sure that we are financially sound as a tribe," Anderson said.

Some of the tribe's bonds were downgraded to junk status this summer, and the FBI probe on the Pearl River Resort continues, though Anderson says she still does not know what the federal government was seeking.

"I do not know why they were here, but as I have said, for the sake of the tribe I hope there was no wrongdoing to be found," said Anderson. "But if there is any wrongdoing, then the tribe needs to know."

Anderson went as far as to suggest that there could be some sweeping personnel changes at the resort following her inauguration. She was asked if she would fire the company currently running the casinos.

"I'm going to work with the board of directors and we are going to see what is in the best interest of the tribe," said the chief-elect. "That is what we're looking for, and if that's what it takes, then, yes, that is what is going to happen."

The race between Anderson and Denson caused some division between tribal members.

Denson could not be reached Wednesday, but Anderson supporters say they think the tribe can start moving forward together.

"We are all ready to get started to move together and help one another the way it was supposed to be," said Rhonda Bell, an Anderson supporter.

Anderson says that one of the biggest changes in her administration will be making the Choctaw government more transparent. That process will officially begin when she is sworn in Oct. 11, becoming the first female Choctaw chief.

Anderson has 25 years of experience with the Choctaw tribal government, including serving two terms on the tribal council, representing the Red Water community. During her time on the council, she served on numerous committees, including secretary-treasurer for the council.


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  • by One Smart Chata Location: Everywhere on Sep 27, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    Hey Chatas have you noticed that all of Beastley's supporters have been off work for goin on 3 weeks now What a crock!!! Why!!!! What's the matter Beastley is not the MIKO anymore. Did his supporters Ha-Shy-Ya!!! Ha!! Ha!!! To all Chatas Please attend the historical inauguration of Chief Anderson. Be a part of Choctaw History!!! Oh Beastley supporters u can attend also.
  • by tisha Location: sparks on Sep 13, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    Im not sure whos power was back on in less then a hour but mine took 2 1/2 hrs also my moms that lives 3 blocks away also friends that live even further so where you got less then a hour was just wondering. regarding the power outage yesterday.
  • by Working People Location: Standing Pine on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:28 PM
    As a Miko 1st supporter, I want to ask if Miko's son Mike shall retain his job title as Director of the Resort Table Games and Cash Bank?
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      by native speaker on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:14 AM in reply to Working People
      i sure hope not. he has ben in that position for years now and he still doesnt know anything. atleast he should have taken full advantage of his position and learned how to become a better director. instead he used it for personal financial gain and getting females to think hes a big shot. oh how the mighty shall fall.
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        by 1st Chata on Sep 12, 2011 at 02:20 PM in reply to native speaker
        "Oh how the mighty shall fall" is right.
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      by unknown on Sep 16, 2011 at 09:04 AM in reply to Working People
      I sure hope not because I notice his salary got jack up really high when daddy took office what a shame why are people greedy like that
  • by Family Inheritance on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    What will his sister Angela do without support from the former Administration? She was appointed as the head of the Resort's Gaming Commission and Finances. She has no real finance education or training? Will she be looking for a job like us regular Choctaw people?
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      by Chahta on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:19 PM in reply to Family Inheritance
      Angela needs to learn to work and work hard at her job like the rest of the Chahtas.
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      by native pride on Sep 16, 2011 at 09:07 AM in reply to Family Inheritance
      Phyliss needs to start with the previous admins family by putting them in their place as far as position goes let Terry do the chata 1st thing again ha ha
  • by Concerned Chata Location: Choctaw on Sep 10, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    This can't be happening. Miko helped his daughter get a 2 story mansion behind his house and gave her husband and her a salary's of over $200,000 a year to help pay for it. How will they pay for the house without his help?
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      by choctaw member on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to Concerned Chata
      im guessing they will have to do like the rest of us. they are going to have to work hard and live on a shoestring budget. if we tribal members can do it making minimum wage they can do it making what they make.
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      by Chahta on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:17 PM in reply to Concerned Chata
      Both of the two do not have any good foundation in the area of education. "Real Players Club is Over." They need to get regular jobs and "learn to work hard ike the majority of Choctaws to pay their bills. Join the Chahta Club, us poor folks have managed to survive somehow, possibly by the grace of God.
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      by native pride on Sep 16, 2011 at 09:09 AM in reply to Concerned Chata
      Thats what I'm talkin about get rid of all the relatives who have been munchin off the Tribe as whole
  • by Choctaw Voter Location: Carthage on Sep 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    My goodness! Get over it people! She won & she is here for ALL Choctaws. If you didn't support her doesn't mean you have to bash OUR newly elected Chief. Yes, I said Chief, not "miko". I believe she will do a great job for tribe. Yes, it will take a few years to clean up the mess & by the time the next election rolls around, it may not be all cleaned up. And 4 years ago, we gave Beasley a chance & now lets give the same to Phyliss Anderson. Stop all this nonsense & lets all unite for a better MS Band of Choctaw Indians!
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      by CN on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:35 PM in reply to Choctaw Voter
      FYI - this past week,the feds, with the help of the tribal office employees, have been making copies of documents. They were supposed to be working this weekend too. BD is obviously cooperating and I don't think it is just about the election. They are getting documents that go back four or five years. Its just a guess, but I think it may turn into 'corrupt organization' kind of thing. When you don't have effective conflict of interest laws, campaign finance laws or financial transparency, these things tend to happen.
  • by PR Location: Choctaw on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    To all PR people I hope you realize that our already overcrowded community will be overran by Red Water people. They were all guaranteed jobs here and they will be utilizing our daycares, schools, and housing. Send your complaints to Chief Anderson when your child is not accepted or you don't get house in PR.
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      by Realist on Sep 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM in reply to PR
      PR, RW... What's with the hostility? Sour grapes? I don't think it's RW Choctaws you have to worry about. Look around, since non-Indians have a presence on the rez, why not open it up for everybody. In a few years, there will hardly be any full-blooded Choctaws left anyway.
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      by hAPPY FEET on Sep 10, 2011 at 06:14 PM in reply to PR
      AWW, COME ON NOW. THAT IS WHY WE (US, CHOCTAWS) NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AND SHE WILL DO THE JOB, NOT HOW BEASLEY TREATED US. YEAH THAT'S HOW HE TREATED US. WE'VE BEEN WANTED A HOUSE, BUT BEEN TURNED DOWN AND NOW ELECTION CAME, WHAT? HE OFFERED ME A HOUSE...NOW THAT'S A SHAME. AND ALL DAYCARE OBIDES BY THE GUIDELINES, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT. PR IS A HUGE COMMUNITY AND YEAH I UNDERSTAND THE WAIT BECAUSE MY NEPHEW BEEN ON WAITING LIST FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS NOW. SO LETS ALL STAND TOGETHER AS ONE AND REBUILD OUR TRIBE BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE BEASLEY GOT IN.
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        by N.S. on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:12 AM in reply to hAPPY FEET
        "the way it was before Beasley got in"....my goodness, you people are just plain young and dumb. waiting list been there 10-20 years....long before BD 4 years. I was 18 when I had my child and she got into daycare when she was a year old, and then I applied for a house and got in one 10 years later. So, please know your facts before you dish out hearsays...
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          by hAPPY FEET on Sep 13, 2011 at 08:35 AM in reply to N.S.
          EXCUSE ME BUT I KNOW MY FACTS STR8. AT LEASE YOU GOT YOUR LIL ONE IN IN A YEAR. AND HOUSE, BEASLEY OFFERED BECAUSE OF ELECTION WHEN YEAH I'VE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR IT, BUT I'M NOT GONNA TAKE HIS BRIBERY BECAUSE HE WENT LOW OF THE LOW. SO REALLY, I'M NOT GONNA FRET ABOUT IT. BUT DO YO THANG GURL, PROPS TO YA HOMIE.
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          by N.S. on Sep 13, 2011 at 01:20 PM in reply to N.S.
          All I said was I applied and got one in ten years, I didn't say BD gave it to me due to elections, I got it during Martin's Administration, so I guess Martin is the one that swindled me for a vote......And please go back to school instead of this slang __ you sound so childish....You feel me????
  • by Gloat Location: choctaw on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    Chief Anderson stop your gloating. you won. you did not have to publicly humiliate our current chief. you have bigger issues. Cant believe you went as far as that when we had the Cherokee Indian tribal members who were just there for the football game. How rude.
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      by BIGGY SMALLZ on Sep 10, 2011 at 06:17 PM in reply to Gloat
      PLEASE "GLOAT" SHE DIDN'T HUMILATE NOBODY. SHE WAS JUST THERE AT THE GAME AND BARRY ANNOUNCED BOTH OF EM. AND HE IS NOT OUR CURRENT CHIEF. HE BEEN GONE SINCE JULY 5TH. THE ONE THAT HAS BEEN HUMILATING US IS BEASLEY DENSON, HOW RUDE!!!
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        by Chahta on Sep 13, 2011 at 03:55 AM in reply to BIGGY SMALLZ
        If you have a complaint against Barry Jim, say it to his face. I'm sure he was making everyone aware of the facts that both the current Chief and the Chief-elect were present in the audience. Like I said, take your complaint directly to Barry and see what he tells you. I'm quite sure he wasn't playing favoritism.
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      by CHOCTAW on Sep 10, 2011 at 07:58 PM in reply to Gloat
      WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM? WE ALL OUR PROUD SHE BEAT BEASLEY I GUESS ONLY BEASLEY CAN MAKE A FOOL OUT OF US WHEN ___ _____ __ ______ HUH?
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        by N.S. on Sep 12, 2011 at 06:59 AM in reply to CHOCTAW
        "We All" .....pleeeaassse....guess again
  • by Siah Location: Choctaw on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    I have some comments on the recent tribal elections. Candidates, there was a lot of talk about doing right for all Choctaws, "Chata First" and "Unity", all the while promoting an environment of division and dissention. How can you expect the tribal members to unify when all you did was promote division by having your own separate campaign rallies/events/meetings? I know of tribal members who were reluctant to attend any of these events for fear of being labeled "for" or "against" one candidate or another. If they attended one event, they were looked upon with suspicion and distain if they tried to attend the event of another candidate. Some chose not to attend at all for fear of losing their job for "supporting the wrong candidate", while others felt coerced into participating for fear of losing their job if they didn't. It was shameful and embarrassing to see the three ring circus atmosphere that the campaigns morphed into, and to be associated with the gimme-gimme, get what I can and forget about everyone else, materialistic attitude of some tribal members. The candidates put their election activities off-reservation in the face of non-tribal people, and then complained that "outsideers" were getting involved where they didn't belong in something that was none of their business. By putting our election out there in the public eye, you invited public comment and criticism. What is so wrong with holding one rally for each community where all the candidates come together to give their speech and take questions? Unity is better promoted by inviting all community members together as one group to share a meal, listen, and make an informed decision on which candidate to support without an atmosphere of intimidation. We need to get back to a grass-roots election process, instead of the mockery it has become.
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      by FINALLY UNITED on Sep 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to Siah
      WELL, I WISH ALL THAT WOULD HAPPENED BUT WHEN I WENT TO BEASLEY'S RALLY, I WAS LOOKED AT AND HEARD PEOPLE SAYING WHY IS HE HERE HE IS A PHYLISS SUPPORTER. DID THAT REALLY MATTER? WHEN I JUST WANTED TO HEAR BEASLEY'S SPEECH. BUT PHYLISS WELCOMED EVERYONE WHO CAME THROUGH AND INVITED EACH AND EVERYONE TO JOIN THE TEAM. NO LET DOWNS, SHE WAS JUST HIGH SPIRITED WELCOMING EVERYONE.
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      by Chahta on Sep 9, 2011 at 04:54 PM in reply to Siah
      Sorry dear, you have very good points; however, we've been there, done that and it didn't work. One time, when there were debates, a supporter brought out a lug wrench showing hostility. That is the reason WHY candidates decided to have their own rallies. I am not saying you are wrong. But, there are some people who cannot and will not control their hostile behavior in public. They will say and do anything to get the other party offended. Yet, there remains some civil Choctaws but not all of them are. That is the reason WHY candidates have their own rallies. You are correct when we publicize our mudslinging campaigns using the various forms of medium, we are exposing ourselves to the general public. Its the same as hanging our dirty laundry for everyone to see. I hope that one day all forms of hostility will be erased from the political arena; but, I do not believe today is the day when every Choctaw will be civil in their actions toward each other when it comes to politics.
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        by Siah on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:53 PM in reply to Chahta
        That is what we pay security/police for - to keep the laws & to keep order.
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          by Chahta on Sep 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM in reply to Siah
          Sorry dear, you are wrong there. The Law Enforcement is there to serve and to protect the tribal members should harmful events occur. The security personnel are there provide security measures for everyone everywhere on the reservation. The Law Enforcement and Security Personnel are there to provide a safe and uneventful situations. But, the control of the mouth and tongues lashing out at each other during debates is not the sole responsibility of our Law Enforcement and/or Protective Services' responsibilities. Its those people who likes to lash out at people (like ______ ______) are those who should not be protected at all. That's called "wasteful spending." We've been there and she was one person who enjoyed the luxury of lashing out at candidates,ie the late Phillip Martin, so that was an unwarranted event. If people could learn to be civil, then debates would be alright. You must be too young to realize these types of situations have already occurred here on our Choctaw reservations.
  • by hopeful Location: Neshoba on Sep 9, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    Congrats to PA! Perhaps associate moral will improve at the report. BD is a big racist and has caused a lot of animosity between tribal and non tribal associates. When we all work for the same purpose. We have had our full time hours cut to save payroll, but Choctaws kept their 40 hours a week. Ha, that quickly ended because there wasn't enough man power to run the business. The resort stopped matching 8 percent of our 401K and then resumed early this spring, but just for tribal employees. WHO DOES THAT ANYWHERE ELSE? Only hiring tribal members for jobs was his doing with the "Chata First" policy. Even in the minimum wage positions there was a hiring freeze except for Choctaw. How many of them retained their ill gotten employment? Choctaw associates literally getting away with almost anything that would get a non Indian fired and denied unemployment. I hope with the new chief she can lead the younger generation and give them something positive to look forward to other then their 21st bday when they can finally go to gamble and get drunk with 4 dollars. That doesn't benefit the casino and certainly doesn't pay the bills.
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