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Choctaw Tribal Chief: Phyliss Anderson Sworn in Again, Election Upheld

CHOCTAW, Miss.–The people who run the resorts in Neshoba County will likely stay the same for at least another four years. Chief Phyliss J. Anderson was sworn in again Tuesday as the chief of the Miss. Band of Choctaw Indians.

Former Miko Beasley Denson challenged the election from last month after he lost a run-off by about 150 votes. Tuesday, the Tribal Election Committee affirmed the June 30 run-off results, reported

“We received 11 grievances/complaints on Friday, July 3, 2015 from concerned tribal members, one of which was filed by candidate Beasley Denson. The Tribal Elections Committee responded to each of these grievances/complaints by the designated deadline. The Committee dismissed each grievance/complaint, thus upholding the June 30, 2015 run-off election,” the Committee said in a statement.

Denson has five days to appeal the Tribal Election Committees decision before the MBCI Tribal Chief, if he intends to make another formal challenge. The MBCI Tribal Chief would then have 25 days from the original June 30th election to bring the matter before the MBCI Tribal Council.

The job of tribal chief pays about $400,000 per year.

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