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Phillip Martin

Phillip Martin, Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Born March 13, 1926
Philadelphia, Mississippi
Residence Mississippi
Nationality American
Occupation Tribal chief
Predecessor Calvin Isaac
Successor Beasley Denson

Phillip Martin (born March 13, 1926) was the democratically elected Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a federally recognized American Indian tribe of 8,300 enrolled members living on or near 30,000 acres (120 kmĀ²) of reservation land in east central Mississippi. Martin has a 40 year record of service to the Tribal government, including more than 25 years as the Tribe's principal elected official. Martin is currently serving his seventh consecutive four-year term as Tribal Chief.

Nationally, Martin has served as president of the National Tribal Chairmen's Association, and president of United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET), an association of the 23 federally recognized tribes in the eastern portion of the United States. Martin founded the USET organization in 1969. He was the first president of the Board of Regents of Haskell Indian Junior College, between 1970 and 1976 (now Haskell Indian Nations University). In that period, Martin worked with other tribal leaders to acquire and maintain accreditation for Haskell, and to improve campus facilities, including construction of dormitories, a cafeteria, resource center, and field house. In 1992, Martin founded the United South and Eastern Tribes Gaming Association. He currently presides over that organization.

Locally, Chief Martin served the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on numerous Boards of Directorship. During his tenure as Tribal Chief, Martin has established the following Tribal businesses and service operations on the Choctaw Indian Reservation:

  • Pearl River Resort (est. 2000)
  • Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise (est. 1999)
  • Choctaw Housing Development Enterprise (est. 1995)
  • Choctaw Golf Enterprise (est. 1995)
  • Silver Star Resort and Casino (est. 1994)
  • First American Plastic Molding Enterprise (est. 1993)
  • Choctaw Construction Enterprise (est. 1993)
  • First American Printing & Direct Mail Enterp (est. 1990)
  • Choctaw Shopping Center (est. 1988)
  • Choctaw Residential Center (est. 1987)
  • Choctaw Manufacturing Enterprise (est. 1986)
  • Chata Enterprise (est. 1979)
  • Choctaw Development Enterprise (est. 1969)
Preceded by
Emmett York
Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
1959-August 2007
Succeeded by
Beasley Denson

See also


This information was seemingly copied and pasted from the following web page: Office of The Chief

That page cites the following sources:

History of the Choctaw, Chickasaw and Natchez Indians, H.B. Cushman, author; Angie Debo,editor, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK,(1999) ISBN 0-8061-3127-6

North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment, Lois Sherr Dubin, author, Harry N. Abrams, publisher, (1999) ISBN 0-8109-3689-5

People Weekly, Local Heroes:"Chief of Choctaw Inc." (04 OCT 99)

The Wall Street Journal, The Front Lines: Choctaw Chief Leads His Mississippi Tribe into the Global Market" (23 Jul 99)

Parade Magazine, "There's a New Generation with Different Attitude" (18 JUL 99)

The Hill, "Aiding Development in Native Communities" (30 JUN 99)

The Choctaw Revolution: Lessons for Federal Indian Policy, Peter J Ferrara, author,

American for Tax Reform Foundation, Publisher, Washington, D.C., (1998), ISBN 0-9665834-0-X.

As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East, Frye Gaillard, author, John F Blair, Publisher, (1998) ISBN 8-89587-219-6

Insight on the News, "Chief Leads Tribe to Work, Respect and Prosperity" (19 OCT 98)

Washington Times, "Choctaws' Climb from Despair" (16 SEPT 98)

The Sun Hearld, "Choctaw Chief Takes Stand" (04 JUL 98)

Indian Business, "Success Is Obstacles Removed" (JUN 98)

Casino Journal, "Indian Gaming: Top Few Garner Lion's Share" (AUG 97)

Indian Gaming, "Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; Solid Self-Governing Leads to Continued Growth through Private Enterprise" (AUG 97)

International Gaming and Wagering Business (IGWB), "A Silver Lining" (AUG 97)

Policy Review: the Journal of American Citizenship, "The New Social Architects" (JUL/AUG 97)

The Meridian Star, "Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Big Spender in Washington" (30 JUL 97)

The Clarion-Ledger, "State Choctaws No.1 among Indian Lobbyists" (29 JUL 97)

The Sun Herald, "Rising Reservation: Multimillion-dollar Choctaw Empire Counts Casino among Series of Successes" (29 JUN 97)

Forbes Magazine, "Rebellions of the Reservations" (19 May 97)

The Meridian Star," Tribal Chief Influenced by World View" (21 APR 97)

Chicago Tribune, "Minority Firms Find Fair a Deal" (04 APR 97)

Washington Times, "Native American Successes" (12 MAR 97)

Killing the White Man's Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century, Fergus M. Bordewich, author, Doubleday, New York (1996) ISBN 0-385-42035-8

The Neshoba Democrat, "Martin Inducted into Business Hall of Fame" (MAY 96)

National Review, "Choctaw Uprising" (11 MAR 96)

Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Succeed in Business: Follow the Choctaws' Lead (MAR 96)

Economic Edge, "Miracle in Mississippi" (95)

Native Land: Mississippi 1540-1798 , Mary Ann Wells, author, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, MS (1994) ISBN 0-87805-734-X

Fortune," American Indians Discover Money Is Power" (19 APR 93)

Providence, Will D. Campbell, Author, Longstreet Press, Marietta, GA, (1992) ISBN 1-56352-024-9

Tribal Assets: The Rebirth of Native America, Robert H. White, Author, Henry Holt and Company, New York, (1990) ISBN 0-8050-0846-2

Atlantic, "Tribal Enterprise" (OCT 89)

Mississippi Magazine," Remarkable Neighbors" (SEPT/OCT 89)

Newsweek "Indian Tribes, Incorporated" (05 DEC 88)

Persistence of Pattern in Mississippi Choctaw Culture, Patti Carr Black, editor, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS, (1987) ISBN 0-938896-51-2

Southern Magazine, "Southern Lights: Making Waves, Making Progress, Making a Difference: Phillip Martin-Hail to the Chief" (JAN 97) Automotive News," Chief Martin: The Indians' Lee Iacocca" (86)

Presbyterian Missionary Attitudes toward American Indians, 1837-1893, Michael C. Coleman, author, University Press of Mississippi, (1985) ISBN 0-87805-278-X

Reader's Digest, "Uprising in Indian Country" (NOV 84)

The Removal of the Choctaw Indians, Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr., author, The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN, (1970) ISBN 87049-329-9

The Southern Indians: The Story of the Civilized Tribes before Removal, R.S. Cotterill, Author, The University of Oklahoma Press, and (1954) ISBN 0-8061-1171-2

Source Material for the Social and Ceremonial Life of the Choctaw Indians, John R. Swanton, author, [a reprint of Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, Bulletin 103] (1931)



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