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Former Choctaw chief dies

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Former Choctaw Indian Tribal Chief Phillip Martin is dead at age 83.

A family spokesperson told WLBT that the former chief died Thursday at 9:03 p.m. at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.

Martin had been at the hospital due to complications from a stroke.

He served as chief for 32 years until 2007.

Martin was praised for vastly improving the economic standing of the Choctaws, most notably with the opening of the Pearl River Resort in Neshoba County.

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