TUNICA-BILOXI TRIBE OF LOUISIANA COMMEMORATES 36th ANNIVERSARY OF FEDERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Tribal Vice Chairman Marshall Ray Sampson and Tribal Gaming Commissioner Chairman Rudolph Wambsgans welcome tribal members to the ceremony.

Flag Raising Ceremony to Honor Elders, Citizens and Leaders of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe

 

Marskville, LA – (September 28, 2017) – Leaders and citizens of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana gathered to hold a flag raising ceremony for the commemoration of the tribe’s 36th anniversary of Federal Acknowledgment, which occurred on September 25, 1981. The observance was led by Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Commissioner Chairman Rudolph Wambsgans and included presentations of prayer and song from other leaders in the tribe. The Tunica Biloxi Police Department was honored with the duty of raising the Tunica flag during the ceremony.

 

“On this day, we recognize the importance of our tribe’s federally acknowledged status and how vital it is to our community,” said Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Vice Chairman Marshall Ray Sampson, Sr. “Not only is today a day for recognition, but we must also reflect on the struggles and successes our tribe has endured and achieved over the years.”

 

The Federal Acknowledgment Process was created in 1978 and is managed by the Office of Federal Acknowledgment. Currently, the United States government acknowledges over 560 tribes, including the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. Federal acknowledgment allows tribes to assert and protect their identities, as well as file claims for past and current acts of injustice by the government and other entities.

 

About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe

The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville, where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has assisted local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit www.tunica.org and “like” us on Facebook.

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Tunica Biloxi Hurricane Harvey Disaster Aid Registration

ANNOUNCEMENT: Texas Renters May Be Eligible for Federal Help


For those Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Tribal Members seeking disaster aid following Hurricane Harvey there are two ways to submit your request.

1) You can fill out the online registration form here.

2) Or download a PDF form and return it via mail or fax.

  • Mailing Address:  P.O. BOX 1589 MARKSVILLE, LA 71351

  • Fax:  (318) 253-9791

Questions? Call (318) 253-9767.

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Tunica Biloxi Tribal Members Harvey Relief Fund


TO DONATE PLEASE VISIT: https://www.gofundme.com/tunicabiloxiharveyrelief


The continuing devastation from Hurricane Harvey is impacting our fellow tribal members in Texas and Louisiana. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is asking for support in assisting up to 350 tribal families affected in Texas and Louisiana by this historic storm.

We’re calling on our members and their friends to help those in need by donating to this relief fund. Proceeds from this campaign will go towards helping these families restore their homes, businesses and personal possessions damaged by Harvey. With a goal of $400,000, Tunica-Biloxi members are working to provide at least $1,000 to all affected families.

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe has deep roots in Avoyelles Parish and surrounding areas, but many of our members reside in Southeast Texas, which bore the brunt of the storm. The Tribe has assisted many parishes, towns and communities over the past four decades. Now, we are asking for our community’s help in assisting our fellow tribal members in need.

 

 

Best,

Marshall Ray Sampson

Vice Chairman

 

Click here to view the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Assistance Request Memorandum.

 

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TUNICA BILOXI TRIBE OF LOUISIANA AND ACACIA ENTERTAINMENT HOST STARS OF WIND RIVER AT PRIVATE FILM SCREENING

AWARD WINNING FILM IS LATEST PROJECT OF THE TRIBE’S FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY

 

Marskville, LA – (August 12, 2017) – Stars from the new hit film WIND RIVER joined tribal members from the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana for a private screening of the film and Q&A session on Saturday, Aug.12. The event was hosted by the Tunica Biloxi Tribe Economic Development Corporation at the Paragon Casino & Resort. Actress Julia Jones joined fellow Native American cast mates Martin Sensmeier and Gil Birmingham at the screening and participated in a Q&A following the filming.

WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, WIND RIVER also stars also stars Apesanahkwat, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, Martin Sensmeier and Tokala Clifford.

“Acacia Entertainment looks for investment opportunities that reflect important stories,” said Tunica Biloxi Tribal Co-Chairman Marshall Ray Sampson, Sr. “Wind River is one of those projects. Having such a stellar Native American cast on this film helps to highlight those stories. We were thrilled to have Gil, Julia and Martin join us for this special private screening.”

The film is the latest project of Acacia Entertainment, a finance and production company that is a joint venture between the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Economic Development Corporation, a wholly owned entity of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, and Savvy Media Holdings. The film has been lauded for its casting of Native American cast and crew and was an official selection at Cannes.

 

About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe

The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville, where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has assisted local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit www.tunica.org and “like” us on Facebook.

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Acacia Entertainment’s WIND RIVER premieres on IGN, USA Today

To all Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Members:

We are excited to announce the premiere of an exclusive new Jeremy Renner featurette for WIND RIVER. Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen brave the cold and search for a murderer in the upcoming thriller Wind River (in theaters Aug. 4 in New York and Los Angeles, opens nationwide Aug. 18), which premieres its latest trailer on USAtoday.com.

This featurette went live last week on the IGN Homepage, as well as the IGN Movies Homepage & Social Pages. As you may know, the Tunica-Biloxi Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was a primary investor in this feature through Acacia Entertainment. I would like to extend our thanks to the members of the EDC board of directors for their efforts in this project.

The Tunica-Biloxi EDC serves as the business development arm of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana with the primary objective of expanding and diversifying the economic base and financial interests of the Tribe while ensuring the wellbeing of both tribal members and the local community.

It is the mission of the EDC to develop sustainable sources of long-term wealth that will improve the quality of life for tribal members while preserving the Tribe’s culture and core values.

The EDC seeks business opportunities that will create multi-industry economic development projects that lead to financial success and advanced employment opportunities where Tribal businesses are located.

–  Marshall Ray Sampson, Vice Chairman

Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

See the IGN featurette here.

Full trailer below.

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22nd Annual Pow Wow Reaches Hundreds

 

Thank you to every one who participated in our 22nd annual Tunica Biloxi Pow Wow last week. Hundreds came out to enjoy the tribal voices raised in song, prayer and celebration at the Paragon Casino Resort.

Pow Wows in tribal tradition are gatherings to honor native heritage, give thanks to the Creator spirit and socialize with members of tribes from across the nation. From fancy dancers decked out in feathered tail pieces to traditional dancers with bristly porcupine “roach” headdresses it was a weekend to remember. Full photo recap below. Be sure to check out the video coverage from KALB here as well.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards Appoints Tunica-Biloxi Police Chief and Long-Time Tribal Councilmember Harold Pierite, Sr. to the Louisiana State Police Commission

Harold Pierite, Sr.-tunicaMARKSVILLE, LA. (March 31, 2017) –  Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed Tunica-Biloxi Police Chief Harold Pierite, Sr. to the Louisiana State Police Commission, representing the State’s 5th Congressional District. He was nominated by Loyola University New Orleans.

Chief Pierite serves as board member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and has been a member of the tribal council for more than 15 years. He has been the chief of police for the Tunica-Biloxi Police Department for more than 20 years, Pierite also sits on the board of directors for Mobiloans, LLC. He is a 1992 graduate of the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy and received his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the same year.

Prior to his role with the Tunica-Biloxi Police Department, Pierite was employed as a Mansura patrol officer, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol officer and a Tunica-Biloxi police officer, serving in some of these positions simultaneously. Pierite is a native of Avoyelles Parish and is married to Heather Walters-Pierite with three children.

Tunica Celebrates Grand Opening of Sylvan Learning Center

MARKSVILLE SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER GRAND OPENING

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana celebrated the grand opening of a new location for Sylvan Learning Center at its Cultural and Educational Resources Center on Thursday. The satellite center will offer tutoring to children across the Marksville area.

The Tribe would like to thank the Marksville Chamber of Commerce for coming out to mark the event. The opening garnered the attention of Avoyelles Today, KLAB-TV evening and morning news, KLAX.com, the Shreveport Times and The Town Talk.

The new center will offer tutoring services for students from kindergarten through high school, as well as College Prep and Edge & STEM courses. The Sylvan Learning Center is open to tribal families and students from the Marksville area. The center is located at 150 Melacon Road in Marksville. For additional information and to learn more about Sylvan Learning of Marksville visit them on the web at https://locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/alexandria-la/satellite/80789 or contact Thomas Harmeyer at (318) 443-0949 or sylvanmarksville@gmail.com.

 

Tunica-Biloxi Announces Marksville Sylvan Learning Center Grand Opening

Sylvan Grand Opening Marksville Tunica Flyer copy

 

Sylvan Learning and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana are pleased to announce the grand opening of a new location for Sylvan tutoring in Marksville. The new Sylvan Learning Center of Marksville is located in the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana’s Cultural and Educational Resources Center. The grand opening celebration will take place Thursday March 30, starting at 2 p.m. and will feature a ribbon cutting with the Marksville Chamber of Commerce, tours of the tutoring area, refreshment and games, as well as demonstrations for children, students and prospective parents. Official remarks from Sylvan and Tunica-Biloxi officials will commence at 3:30 p.m. The Center will remain open to the public for tours, instruction observation and robotics and Algebra Edge demonstrations until 6 p.m.

The new center will offer tutoring services for students from kindergarten through high school, as well as College Prep and Edge & STEM courses. The Sylvan Learning Center is open to tribal families and students from the Marksville area.

The new location is located at 150 Melacon Road in Marksville. For additional information and to learn more about Sylvan Learning of Marksville visit them on the web at https://locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/alexandria-la/satellite/80789 or contact Thomas Harmeyer at (318) 443-0949 or sylvanmarksville@gmail.com.

 

See a full list of upcoming events here.