After the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians rejected a proposed casino in the Red Water community of Leake County in Thursday’s special referendum, Chief Phyliss J. Anderson said the Tribe would “continue to explore other opportunities to build on our existing success.”

Tribal voters rejected a fourth casino 1,449 votes to 654 in uncertified returns. The results will be verified after 112 absentee ballots are counted followed by a total recount later this afternoon.

“The preliminary results show that the will of the people is not to expand in the Red Water community and I respect the decision of our voters,” Chief Anderson said.

“ My commitment to our Tribe and people is to always do what I feel is in the best interest of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.”