Ribbon was cut at Pearl River Resort opening its pool and lounge, Infinity at Golden Moon. After a five month renovation, the casino’s pool amenity has been transformed into a deluxe resort-style pool and lounge for hotel guests to enjoy. It is located near the east entrance of the property. From left are Sonny Johnson, Interim President and CEO of Pearl River Resort, Matthew Perkins, Executive VP of Marketing & Operations, Pearl River Resort, Rachel Begalke, Project Office Manager, Pearl River Resort, Richard Sockey, Tribal Council, Phyliss J. Anderson, Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Kassie Cox, Choctaw Indian Princess, Loriann Ahshapanek, Tribal Council, Carole Brand, Executive VP of Legal Affairs, Pearl River Resort, Richard Isaac, Tribal Council, Tim Tubby, VP of Human Resources, Pearl River Resort.
Ribbon was cut at Pearl River Resort opening its pool and lounge, Infinity at Golden Moon. After a five month renovation, the casino’s pool amenity has been transformed into a deluxe resort-style pool and lounge for hotel guests to enjoy. It is located near the east entrance of the property. From left are Sonny Johnson, Interim President and CEO of Pearl River Resort, Matthew Perkins, Executive VP of Marketing & Operations, Pearl River Resort, Rachel Begalke, Project Office Manager, Pearl River Resort, Richard Sockey, Tribal Council, Phyliss J. Anderson, Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Kassie Cox, Choctaw Indian Princess, Loriann Ahshapanek, Tribal Council, Carole Brand, Executive VP of Legal Affairs, Pearl River Resort, Richard Isaac, Tribal Council, Tim Tubby, VP of Human Resources, Pearl River Resort.
Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will decide the fate of the proposed casino in the Red Water community in Leake County in a referendum on Thursday.

Tribal community polling hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tribal members will vote “yes” or “no” on the referendum which says:

“Be it enacted by the members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, should the Tribal Council Resolution CHO 17-033 authorizing a new Class III gaming casino in the Red Water community remain in effect?”

Earlier this year, a judge in Choctaw Tribal Court ruled that a legally sufficient number of valid petitions were submitted as required by the MBCI Constitution and Tribal Election Code to call the referendum election.

Rather than appeal, Chief Phyllis J. Anderson said in a statement that legal proceedings would stop and the Tribe would vote on whether or not the $25 million project should proceed.

“I stand firm in my commitment to this project and the many successes I believe the Red Water Casino can achieve,” Anderson said. “And I have faith in our Choctaw people to evaluate the project on its merits and make an informed decision. I strongly believe we must work together to create more opportunities now and a brighter future for our children.”

The new casino is expected to create more than 200 new jobs, officials have said.

A proposed casino on the northern edge of Carthage would be the Tribe’s fourth in the state.

The Tribe operates two interlinked casinos off Mississippi 16 west in the Pearl River community in Neshoba County,  as well as one in the Bok Homa community near Sandersville in Jones County.

The Tribal Council voted 9-7  for Resolution CHO 17-033: A Resolution to Expand Gaming and Make Resort Area Designation in the Red Water community, Choctaw Indian Reservation.

The new casino would be a 35,800-square-foot gaming facility with 500 slots, 10 table games, grab-and-go and seated restaurants.