Gov. asks Choctaws to halt casino opening - - Jackson, MS

Gov. asks Choctaws to halt casino opening

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour asked the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to halt plans to open another casino.

In a letter to the tribe, the governor expressed his concerns about placing a slot parlor in Jones County.

"Clearly, what the tribe has proposed in Jones County does not benefit and protect the citizens of the tribe and the state; rather it appears that this project will be at the expense of the state and local governments," said Barbour.

Barbour also wants Attorney General Jim Hood to review state and federal laws and regulations, the tribal-state compact and Indian gaming regulations and even pursue legal action if necessary to stop the expansion of tribal gaming in Mississippi.

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