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If Indian tribe operations were governed by state laws, they would most certainly have had a say in the actions that were taken by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe has announced that they are laying off 570 non-tribal staff members.

The tribe operates the Golden Moon Hotel and Casino and also the Silver Star Hotel and Casino in Mississippi. While Silver Star remains almost unchanged, major changes will be coming to Golden Moon.

For starters, the operating hours will be drastically cut. The tribe plans on keeping the casino open for only three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, starting this week. The elimination of the staff positions will be the other major change.

The decision has not been made how long the casino will operate only for three days, but Paul Harvey, the President and Chief Executive of Pearl River Resort, told the AP, "We just don't have any way to determine when we will come off of this three day operation. To say otherwise would be misleading."

What is known for sure is that the current state of the economy is what has landed Golden Moon in its current economic position. The job losses are not coming solely from the casino. The positions will be eliminated from the entire resort.

January 6, 2009
Posted By Tom Jones
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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