Mississippi's Choctaw Indians are going to the polls today to elect a chief to lead the nearly 10,000-member tribe.
Longtime Chief Phillip Martin trailed former Vice Chief Beasley Denson by 34 votes in last month's six-candidate primary.
Martin is nearing an end to his seventh four-year term that has seen development of the multimillion-dollar Pearl River Resort near Philadelphia. But Denson's supporters point to housing shortages, poor health care, and unfair hiring practices under Martin's leadership.
The winner will be sworn into office July 10.