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Change in federal policy could give way to South MS casino

A recent change in federal policy could lead to a future discussion about a Choctaw Casino being located in South Mississippi on land that belongs to the tribe.

A 2008 ruling from the Bureau of Indian Affairs said casinos could only be located on tribal land.

That changed last week, with a new ruling saying any property owned by Indians could be home to a casino if certain conditions are met. The church that led the fight against a Jackson County Choctaw Casino four years ago is keeping a close watch on the situation.

Members of the Crossroads Church of the Nazarene were opposed then, and the opinions have not changed.

"Our congregation continues to have a conviction that, especially on a day like Father's Day, we need to develop our coastal economy in ways that help families rather than divide them," said Pastor Keith Megehee of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene.

Four years ago, in a non-binding referendum, Jackson County residents voted against a Choctaw casino by a 60% margin.

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