MBJ – Choctaw casino in Jones County shaping up to be a bitter fight

JACKSON, MS — Gaming can be a polarizing issue. So when the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) announced earlier this month to build a casino near the tiny hamlet of Sandersville in Jones County, which has never had gaming, it was not surprising that a segment of the local population would be against a casino in their community.

However, the vocal opposition from public officials well outside the Pine Belt, in Jackson and as far away as Washington, has made headlines nationwide. Just as it was a few years ago when the Tribe looked to bring gaming to Jackson County, the proposed Jones County casino is shaping up to be a bitter battle.

In early May, the MBCI made public plans to build a casino on Bogue Homa reservation land near Sandersville, which has a population of less than 800. It would represent the Tribe’s third gaming venue and the first outside the tribal headquarters in Neshoba County, approximately 80 miles north of the Sandersville site.

Mississippi Business Journal
6/20/10