The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Council voted against building a casino in the Red Water Community in Leake County Friday morning.

The council voted 10 to 6 to reject the proposed project.

Immediately after the vote, an audible sigh of relief came from the crowd which nearly packed the room for the meeting.

Near the end of the meeting, Chief Phyllis J. Anderson said she was disappointed with the council's decision.

"We spent 15 months on the Red Water casino," she said. You are saying no to $20 million in funds and 170 jobs."

Anderson also said that at no time did a member of the council come to see her about the project.

"I'm not sure if politics got in the way," she said. "But you all need to take a hard look."

In response to the Chief's statement, council member Randy Anderson of Conehatta said that because the economy was down the proposed Red Water casino might not have succeeded anyway.

A resolution to borrow up to $145 million to renovate the Silver Star Hotel and Casino, reactivate the Golden Moon Casino and possibly build a new casino in Leake County was approved by the Choctaw Tribal Council in December.