A referendum to decide if the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will move forward with a proposed new casino in the Red Water community in Leake County is set for Nov. 16.

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.

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

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