PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - A judge has ruled tribal members did not follow tribal rules in attempting to force an election on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians casino project in the Bogue Homa community in Jones County. Tribal Judge Jeffrey Webb issued the decision Friday.
At a hearing earlier this week, the attorney for the tribal members argued the office of tribal chief Beasley Denson and the Election Committee were using technicalities to deny the referendum.
The Election Committee said it had followed the laws of the Tribe, which address a referendum, and the petition was deficient and untimely filed.
About 500 to 700 slot machines and a snack shop are planned for the 27,000-square-foot casino. It is scheduled to open in mid-December with about 250 workers.
Wednesday, Governor Haley Barbour asked the federal government to stop construction of a Mississippi Band of Choctaw problems.
In a letter sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, Barbour said the EPA's regional office in Atlanta found deficiencies with the tribe's proposed wastewater system at the site near Sandersville, especially with the possible impact on groundwater.
Barbour said the EPA should halt the project until it determines that the tribe has complied with environment rules. Indians casino in Jones County, citing possible wastewater
The Governor has asked the federal government to stop construction of a Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians casino in Jones County, citing possible wastewater