Neshoba Democrat – Choctaws 3rd largest Miss. employer, should be treated with more respect

Politicizing the Jones County casino issue as Attorney General Jim Hood did at The Neshoba County Fair on Wednesday by insinuating the governor has declared war on the Choctaws is unfortunate.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is Mississippi’s third largest employer and, rather than trading barbs at the Fair, Mr. Hood and Gov. Haley Barbour ought to be around a conference table with other statewide elected officials working to find a compromise that works for all.

Would they treat Nissan or Toyota or Northrop Grumman this way?

Republicans firing off letters about the proposed casino trampling on the rights of non-Indians is outright disrespectful.

The Choctaws have a constitution, a rule of law, as well as a compact with the state signed by a Republican governor that apparently allows them to build gaming facilities on historic Tribal lands.

Neshoba Democrat
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