By The Associated Press
JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour on Tuesday asked the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to withdraw plans to build a casino in Jones County.
Barbour called the proposed facility a “slot parlor” and said it could hurt the health and safety of local residents and jeopardize tortoises, birds, snakes and plants in the Pine Belt region.
“The expansion of gaming in this way is inconsistent with the policy of the state to develop destination casino gambling in Mississippi, whether on tribal lands or in state waters,” Barbour said in a letter to the Choctaw “miko,” or chief, Beasley Denson.
The Choctaw Tribal Council voted June 8 to put a 27,000-square-foot building with about 500 to 700 slot machines and a snack shop on a tribal-owned site near Sandersville.