Halito! Thank you for visiting the official homepage of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. On behalf of the Choctaw people, as the Tribal Chief, I would like to welcome you as you begin to explore our rich and vibrant culture and the many life-ways that identify us as Choctaw. Whether you are an old friend of ours or a new acquaintance whom we are just now having an opportunity to meet, we welcome you.
I am humbled and deeply honored to serve as the fourth Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians since our tribe received Federal recognition in 1945. A significant first at Choctaw, Mississippi, is the fact that I am the first female Tribal Chief to be duly elected by the Choctaw people in the Tribe's history. I was sworn into Office in October 2011, and am truly excited to have this opportunity to serve during the coming four years. We are experiencing a refreshing new day, a new beginning at Choctaw that is radiant with hope, promise, encouragement, inclusiveness, and most importantly, Choctaw Unity, which is a very positive source of our strength as Choctaw people.
As one of the United States' original first nations, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is the only Federally-recognized American Indian tribe living within the State of Mississippi. We are 10,000 members strong. Our Choctaw lands cover over 35,000 acres in ten different counties in Mississippi. Providing permanent, full-time jobs for over 5,000 Tribal-member and non-Indian employees, the Tribe is a major contributor to the state's economy. This official website will provide you with further content, detailed information about who we are and about the work in which we are involved.
Again, on behalf of the Tribe, I thank you for your interest in learning more about the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. We welcome you to visit our community and witness our vibrant culture and the many facets of our day-to-day work on the Choctaw Indian Reservation.
Chief Phyliss J. Anderson
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians