Choctaws vice chief resigns

Published 11:01 pm Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Vice Chief Eddie Sam has resigned, citing medical and personal reasons.

Sam served on the 17-member Tribal Council for three and a half years. He had been the target of two resolution campaigns to remove him from office with what he called vicious personal attacks.

Both resolutions failed in special referendum elections.

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Sam says the controversy took a personal toll. He resigned Dec. 22.

He says Miko Beasley Denson will appoint someone to replace him, and the Tribal Council will elect a new vice chief. No date has been set for replacing Sam.