The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Council, along with Chief Phyllis J. Anderson, Choctaw Indian Princess Syndi Jade Tangle, and the staff of the Tribal Enrollment department and the Tribal Election Committee as well as other assembled guests pose for a photo Monday afternoon at the newly constructed $3.5 million Tribal Council Hall & Program Offices.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Council, along with Chief Phyllis J. Anderson, Choctaw Indian Princess Syndi Jade Tangle, and the staff of the Tribal Enrollment department and the Tribal Election Committee as well as other assembled guests pose for a photo Monday afternoon at the newly constructed $3.5 million Tribal Council Hall & Program Offices.

The new $3.5 million Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Council Hall & Program Offices officially opened Monday to great fanfare as several hundred Tribal members and distinguished guests came to be part of the festivities.

According to MBCI Chief Phyllis J. Anderson the new building is a symbol of the Choctaw spirit and is dedicated not only to the Tribe’s ancestors but to its elders as well.

Anderson said that the building is another symbol of the Tribe’s continued growth and progress. She noted that in 1910 the Tribe had only 1,300 members, but that figure has increased to 11,000 today. 

According to Anderson, when the Tribal Council first convened many decades ago, they had nowhere to meet.

“The Tribe had little or no money at that time and no control over their affairs,” she said noting that eventually, the Tribe’s leadership amended their constitution to allow for more authority.

The previous hall was built in the 1970s Anderson said and was torn down a couple of years ago to make way for the new facility.





The new facility is 10,800 square feet and was built over a one year period of time commencing in October of 2017. The new facility will house not only the council meeting hall but will also include offices for the Tribal Enrollment department and Tribal Election Committee.

During the event, guests were permitted to tour the facility. Both buildings are state of the art with large high-definition television screens in the boardroom and conference rooms. The two facilities, council hall and program offices are separated by a breezeway which allows easy access to either portion of the building and which serves as a central area for the facility.

The architect on the project was Singleton Architects, P.A. out of Jackson, the contractor on the project was IKBI, Inc.

MBCI Vice-Chief Hilda Nickey said that the project was the result of a lot of people coming together for a common cause.

The Tribe wasted no time in using the facility, the first meeting of the council was set for Tuesday morning.