Tunica-Biloxi Expands Transportation Services

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Non-Emergency Transportation Services (TB-NETS) is expanding! We now service eligible citizens enrolled across all areas, local and non-local.

How it works:

Local eligible citizens (Avoyelles & Rapides) will contact TB-NETS to schedule transportation services.

Non-local eligible citizens will be eligible for medical transportation reimbursement when using public transportation services.

Call 318-240-6449 or 319-240-6444 for eligibility requirements.

Omicron Variant Update

Tribal Citizens,

As you may be aware, a new variant of the Novel Coronavirus has developed and has now spread to the United States, with the first cases stateside being found in the last few days. We must stand vigilant in protecting our community.  While the Tribal Council continues to monitor the news on this new variant, I want to implore our people to take the necessary precautions, such as maintaining personal social distance and wearing a mask when appropriate. I also encourage everyone to take advantage of the services provided through the Tribal Health Center, to further protect yourself and your loved ones. 

I strongly encourage everyone who can to take the vaccine and booster, if available. Additionally, if you feel like you are developing symptoms, get tested at a medical facility immediately. 

To make an appointment with a member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Health Center, please call (318) 240-6435.

Sincerely,

Chairman Pierite

Paragon Casino Resort Contributes to United Way in Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Marksville, La. – (Oct. 27, 2021) –Paragon Casino Resort recently made a $25,000 contribution to United Way of Central Louisiana to assist in their continued Hurricane Ida recovery efforts. The donation will be used to support the organization in their mission of helping residents of Louisiana as they continue to recuperate from the devastating effects of the Aug. 29 storm.   

“We take pride in the ability to provide these funds to the hurricane relief effort in our community,” said Marshall Pierite, Chairman of the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, which owns Paragon Casino Resort. “Paragon Casino Resort has been a source of pride for Marksville and all of Central Louisiana as an economic driver of the region. We look forward to the continued recovery efforts and are happy to lend a hand.”

Since its grand opening in 1994, Paragon Casino Resort maintains a positive economic impact on Avoyelles Parish and the surrounding communities. The casino and entertainment destination is the number one employer in the region, with over 700 associates currently on staff, and is a source of pride for all Central Louisianians. Paragon Casino Resort also recently launched the first in-person sports betting opportunity in the state at The Draft Room, their newest amenity.

“We are grateful for the partnership of Paragon Casino Resort in creating stronger communities,” said Michelle Purl, Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Central Louisiana. “Together we can make a difference for those who need us most.”

ERA Assistance

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is here to help our Tribal Citizens for relief of eviction related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The Housing Department is currently assisting all members who are experiencing difficult situations related to rental payments, utility payments, and past due notices due to the COVID-19 Pandemic if they meet the program guidelines for family composition and 80% of the median family income.

We are here to help you and your family stay in your home by providing safe, healthy, and sanitary conditions, and preventing over-crowdedness.

If you or someone in your family meet these criteria regardless of your geographic location, please contact us at 318-240-6446.  Requests for applications can be sent via email, fax, USPS mail or can be picked up at the Housing Department located at 135 Yuroni Trail in Marksville.

You Are Invited to Create Your Citizens Portal Account!

The Tribal Council and I are excited to unveil a new feature on our Tribal website, the Citizen’s Portal. The portal will only be accessible to Tribal members and will create a way for you to stay informed on the Tribe. 

The goal of the Citizen’s Portal is to make it easier for all of our tribal members to stay involved in Tribal matters with the hope of building a tribe of many. In this portal you can expect to find important and confidential items like council meeting minutes and information on funds, programs and resources only available to you, our citizens. 

In addition, this portal will house other resources, including entrepreneurial opportunities and educational information. You’ll also begin to see more video updates from me and the Tribal Council on the latest developments for the Tribe and our progress. 

My hope is that this Citizen’s Portal increases our transparency and communication. Below you will find the steps to create your account. Please follow all of these steps and reach out to our Membership Director, Leslie Bonnette, if you have additional questions. 

Sincerely,
Chairman Marshall Pierite

Registration will require: 

  • Your tribal roll number, an active e-mail address and a password of your choice.

Please note – The Citizens Portal contains financial and other sensitive information that should not be shared with non-tribal citizens. The Citizens Portal is intended for tribal citizens only and a tribal roll number will be required to create a login. For this reason, spouses, parents and guardians who are not tribal citizens will not be permitted to access the portal. 

Directions on setting up your account:

To access your account from the Tunica-Biloxi website’s home page:

  • Go to TunicaBiloxi.org and click “Log In” at the top right, under the “Log In Here” title. 
  • Select “Click Here to Request Access to the Citizen’s Portal
  • To create your account, you will be asked to enter:
    • Your Tribal roll number – this will allow the Tribe to confirm your membership
    • An active e-mail address
    • A password of your choosing
  • You will need to agree to the Privacy Policy, which, in short, states that you agree, and are under legal obligation, not share any of the information in this portal with anyone outside of the Tribe or to release your login information to anyone outside of the Tribe. 
  • The Citizens Portal contains financial and other sensitive information that should not be shared with non-Tribal members. The Citizens Portal is intended for Tribal Members only, spouses, parents and guardians will not be permitted to access the Portal. 
  • Once you have signed up, please allow the Tribe 24-48 hours to verify your account. 

If you have any questions or need assistance getting access to the portal, please contact our Membership Director, Leslie Bonnette at LBonnette@tunica.org

Paragon Casino Resort and Betfred Sports Launch Sports Betting in Louisiana

Marksville, LA (October 5, 2021) Paragon Casino Resort is proud to announce a partnership with Betfred Sports, bringing sports betting to the top rated gaming destination in Central Louisiana – with betting now open to the public. Betfred Sports, a sports betting operator currently available in select U.S. states, is expanding to Louisiana with its latest location through the addition of a Las Vegas-style sportsbook at The Draft Room at Paragon Casino Resort – the first of its kind in the market. Paragon and Betfred invite sports and gaming enthusiasts to come place their first bets starting at 3 p.m. CST tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 6.

“Our partnership with Betfred Sports marks a new chapter for Paragon – which has always been a source of pride for Marksville and the people of Louisiana,” General Manager of Paragon Casino Resort, Marshall Sampson, Sr., said. “With this new partnership, I hope visitors from across the region will have the chance to experience it for themselves. Together, we are offering a first-class sports betting platform and venue that will make Paragon Casino Resort the place to bet and watch games in Louisiana.”

Mark Stebbings, Betfred Group Chief Operating Officer, stated “Louisiana is an exciting opportunity for Betfred Sports to continue its expansion in the U.S. after successful launches in Iowa, Colorado and Pennsylvania. We look forward to utilizing our 50 years of bookmaking experience with our fantastic partner, Paragon Casino Resort, to bring the best sports betting experience to bettors in the state.”

Betfred Sports will operate a traditional sportsbook in The Draft Room – Paragon’s newest amenity – comprised of traditional theater seating, a custom video wall, betting counters and kiosks. The Draft Room’s restaurant and bar offers fan favorite foods, cold draught beers, and multiple seating options sure to please any sports fan including 112 TVs surrounded by table and bar seating, plus three VIP fan caves for private gatherings. With this many options, sports fans won’t miss a minute of the action.

Louisiana is the home of almost 5 million people, 2 major league teams, and plenty of sports fans ready to get in on the action. The Draft Room offers full-service betting, so both locals and out-of-state travelers can wager on their favorite teams from across the country.

“As a native Louisianan and Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, I am thrilled to help usher in sports betting to our state,” said Chairman Marshall Pierite. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe owns Paragon Casino Resort. “This partnership with Betfred Sports promises continued success for Paragon as we continue our mission to provide a first-class gaming destination and vacation experience to our neighbors and guests coming to Central Louisiana.”

Paragon Casino Resort is inviting sports fans from both Louisiana and across the region to visit Marksville, LA and place their bets at the world-class facility. Paragon Casino Resort offers a 64,000-square-foot gaming floor, 1,000 Las Vegas-style slot machines and 500 hotel rooms for out of town guests.  When fans come to place their bets, they have the opportunity to visit all of Paragon Casino Resort’s other incredible amenities including an award-winning golf course, day spa, shopping plaza and the area’s only cinema.

Peace Circle Dedication Ceremony

The City of Grapevine, Texas, dedicated a Peace Circle statue garden on Saturday, September 18 honoring the Chiefs of ten American Indian nations who signed the Treaty of Bird’s Fort with Texas President Sam Houston in 1843.

“Peace Circle” is an interpretation of a moment in time of a meeting of Republic of Texas President Sam
Houston and 10 American Indian chiefs/ captains on the Grape Vine Prairie in 1843. The work of public
art features 11 bronze statues standing 1.25 percent larger than life size, representing Republic of Texas
President Sam Houston and American Indian chiefs/ captains from the Delaware, Chickasaw, Waco,
Tawakoni, Keechi, Caddo, Anadarko, Ioni, Biloxi and Cherokee Nations.

Sam Houston and the tribal leaders met in a spirit of friendship, peace, hope and trust in an effort to
establish a place – a line that would not be crossed – where the tribes could live in peace. The Peace
Circle meeting later led to the signing of the Treaty of Bird’s Fort on September 29, 1843. This treaty
defined Indian Nations and European settlement boundaries and was one of the few Indian treaties ratified by the Republic of Texas Senate.

Watch the video of the statue reveal here.