Paragon Casino Resort To Host Exclusive Early Premiere Party for “57 Seconds”

Paragon Casino Resort and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana invite tribal citizens and employees to attend the Exclusive Early Premiere of “57 Seconds” on Thursday, September 28, at the Paragon Cinema. The movie was largely filmed in Lafayette, Louisiana but includes exciting scenes filmed inside Paragon Casino featuring Paragon associates as extras. A-list Hollywood actors Morgan Freeman, Josh Hutcherson and Greg Germann star in the film. Those invited to Paragon’s movie premiere will get the unique experience to view “57 Seconds” a whole day before its big U.S. debut.
“57 Seconds” is an action thriller with science fiction undertones based on the short story “Fallen Angel” by E.C. Tubb. The movie centers around Franklin Fox (Hutcherson), a tech blogger who finds a mysterious ring that can turn back the clock by 57 seconds. With the help of a technology guru (Freeman), Franklin decides to use the ring to take down the leader of a major pharmaceutical company (Germann) who he believes is responsible for his sister’s death.
Ticketholders for the Sept. 28 premiere may show their tickets at the Atrium Bar to gain access to the exclusive pre-show reception from 5 – 7 p.m.  

Paragon Casino Resort to Host Debate for Upcoming Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Race

Candidates will discuss how they plan to overcome challenges the Sheriff’s Office may face to continue their promise to protect and serve Avoyelles Parish

Paragon Casino Resort invites the public to attend the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Candidate Debate on Monday, October 2, in Paragon’s Mari Showroom. The debate will bring together the qualified candidates on the ballot, including incumbent Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David Dauzat (R), Tunica-Biloxi Police Chief Harold Pierite (D), former Louisiana State Trooper Todd “T-Goo” Gaspard (R) and former Deputy Sean Paul Mayeux (no party). Election Day is Saturday, October 14.

The candidates will discuss day-to-day duties and expectations of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office. They will debate strategies that have worked and have not worked in reducing crime and keeping the residents of the Avoyelles Parish communities safe. Candidates are expected to address the current budget and available resources that the Sheriff’s Office has from local and state offices, along with their plan to maintain relationships and cooperation across other Avoyelles Parish departments.

As part of nonstop efforts to help the surrounding communities, one canned food item will be required for admission into the event. All canned food items will be donated by the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee (TBIPAC) to local food pantries and churches.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Candidate Debate begins at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2023, in the Mari Showroom of the Paragon Casino Resort.

LaRuE Summit Speakers & Agenda Announced

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is partnering with the Southern University Law Center (SULC) and the Southern University College of Business University Center for Economic Development to co-host the second annual Louisiana Rural and Economic (LaRuE) Development Summit, sponsored by T-Mobile. The two-day Summit will be held on September 11 & 12 in Marksville at Paragon Casino Resort.

LaRuE keynote speakers and panelists will include business executives, industry experts and state and local elected officials. Check out the list below to see who you’ll hear from in just a few short days!

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Attendees will hear from civic and business leaders on economic development opportunities in Central Louisiana

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is partnering with the Southern University Law Center (SULC) and the Southern University College of Business University Center for Economic Development to co-host the second annual Louisiana Rural and Economic (LaRuE) Development Summit, sponsored by T-Mobile, in Marksville, Louisiana, at Paragon Casino Resort on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12. LaRuE keynote speakers and panelists will include business executives, industry experts, state and local elected officials and candidates for political office.

LaRuE’s mission is to spur economic development in rural communities by connecting business owners with local, state and national leaders who are committed to improving economic opportunities in Louisiana’s rural communities. The conference is open to all economic development professionals, including business owners, small business developers, government officials, chamber of commerce professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, faculty and staff from all universities within the state of Louisiana, and students. Registration is also open to the public or to anyone interested in learning more about economic development in rural areas or doing business with tribal governments.

Originally debuted in 2019, and subsequently placed on a pandemic-induced hold, LaRuE returns at a critical time for small business owners who are trying to build or rebuild their enterprises in this ever-evolving landscape. LaRuE will cover the following topics through a series of lectures, panels and guest speakers:

  • 5G & Broadband Expansion and Technology Advancements and Opportunities
  • Agriculture Industry Opportunities and Medical Marijuana Overview
  • Affordable Housing and Current Funding Opportunities
  • Workforce Development and Job Training Programs and Initiatives
  • Healthcare and Mental Health
  • Working collaboratively with State and Federal Agencies and how to navigate state and federal funding
  • Creating and Improving Economic and Business Relationships with Native American Tribal Governments
  • Grant Funding and How to Navigate the Grants Process

The early registration fee is $199 per individual or organizations may sign up as a group for a discounted rate. Beginning August 12th, the price per individual increases to $249. Hotel room rates at the Paragon Casino Resort range from $99 to $129; to book a room please click here and use code LARS10G and password lars10g before August 28th. For details visit and to register, click here.

“Historically, Native Americans and those residing in rural communities have been underserved and inherently separated from stable, high-paying opportunities,” said Marshall Pierite, Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. “Our goal – through LaRuE and our other programs – is to bring the industry home. Instead of our rural Louisianians having to displace their families to find opportunities, we are bringing those opportunities to those who are willing, ready, and able to innovate and prosper in central Louisiana.”

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana has long supported and encouraged economic development and growth among Native Americans, including its citizens who reside in rural Louisiana. Already in 2023, the Tribe has secured more than $70 million in grants to assist in stabilizing and propelling its citizens through workforce development training, increased access to the internet and various small business supports. 

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Panel on The History of Culture & Language in Louisiana Features Tunica-Biloxi Language Instructor

The talk will be led by Dr. Kathe Managan, Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and will include the Tunica- Biloxi Tribe’s Elisabeth Pierite Mora, Language & Cultural Lifeways Instructor

Marksville, La. (June 21, 2023) –– Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin invites the public to attend a panel discussion on the history of languages and cultures in Louisiana as part of the upcoming exhibit, “Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories” at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

The discussion will be held on Tuesday, July 11, beginning at 6:00 p.m., focusing on how different languages and cultures have influenced and shaped Louisiana throughout history. This event is free and open to the public.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Kathe Managan, a Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Guest panelists include Maggie Justus, Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) Community Development Specialist; Tia LeBrun, member of the United Houma Nation; and Elisabeth Pierite Mora, member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and Language & Cultural Lifeways Instructor.

Pierite Mora has played a vital role as an instructor for the Tribe’s Language and Cultural Revitalization Program (LCRP). LCRP aims to prepare future generations of Tribal citizens to lead successful, fulfilling lives and deeply understand their culture. Under the guidance of John Barbry, the LCRP’s director, the LCRP has successfully revived the Tunica language from “dormant” to “awakened,” a very rare occurrence in the linguistic community. Over 50 active speakers of the Tunica language and in-house linguists teach the language and work to expand the program.  Elisabeth will offer insights into the Tribe’s experience restoring language, a core tenant of culture, and her hands-on experience teaching and reclaiming the Tunica language.

Beginning in the 1870s, the US government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians by placing children—of all ages, from thousands of homes and hundreds of diverse tribes—in distant, residential boarding schools. Many were forcibly taken from their families and communities and even forbidden to speak their own language amongst themselves. Native Americans responded to the often-tragic boarding school experience in complex and nuanced ways. Stories of student resistance, accommodation, creative resolve, devoted participation, escape, and faith in oneself and heritage speak individually across eras. The exhibit and panel will explore those experiences and their effects on culture and language.

Though records of the Tunica language can be traced back as early as 1886, efforts of reawakening the Tunica language began in 2010, and continue today, with the recent release of our textbook.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Welcomes United Southern & Eastern Tribes to the 2023 Tribal Utility Finance Forum

USET hosts a Tribal Utility Finance Form at Paragon Casino Resort May 16 – 17

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will host the United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) annual Tribal Utility Finance Form (TUFF) on May 16 – 17 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Paragon Casino Resort to discuss Tribal Nation funding and utility access. USET is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the federally recognized Indian tribes in the southern and eastern portions of the United States. 

“Because of our dedication to one another, we come together to connect with our ancestral roots and focus on bettering Indian Country,” said Marshall Pierite, Chairman of the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, which owns Paragon Casino Resort. “We are grateful for the opportunity to host this national-scale forum and welcome various tribal communities to our homelands in Avoyelles Parish. Hopefully, all attendees will gain valuable insight into the history of our Tribe from their stay.”

Topics of the annual forum, including workforce retention, funding opportunities, cyber security and budgeting and planning, will be highlighted throughout TUFF. All USET Tribal Utility supervisors, managers, finance, planners and economic development staff members are encouraged to attend either in-person or virtually through the Attendee Website. Those interested in registering can RSVP here, and reservations through the Paragon Casino Resort can be booked by calling (800) 642-7777.


Hit for Hope Golf Tournament to Return to Paragon Casino Resort This Summer

United Way of Central Louisiana, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and Paragon Casino Resort to gather for the Hit for Hope Tunica-Biloxi Governors Cup on June 26

 On June 26, 2023, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and Paragon Casino Resort will host the United Way Hit for Hope Tunica-Biloxi Governors Cup, a golf tournament at the Tamahka Trail Golf Course benefiting ALICE programs through United Way of Central Louisiana. ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) programs support working-class families in the community who may be unable to afford the basics of childcare, housing, food and healthcare. These individuals are often struggling to keep their households from financial ruin while keeping our local communities running.

“The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and Paragon Casino Resort are dedicated to investing in our community’s well-being and future,” said Marshall Pierite, Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, which owns Paragon Casino Resort. “Thanks to partners like United Way, we are able to reach more families in need and provide them with the tools to succeed and care for their loved ones.”

Those interested are encouraged to register for the tournament and participate in a competitive and innovative 18-hole championship-level course golf tournament. Representatives from the Tribe, Paragon Casino Resort and United Way of Central Louisiana will all attend the event, as well as local leaders. 

“Our dedicated participants and partner organizations make this event possible,” said Michelle Purl, President and CEO of United Way of Central Louisiana.  “Each year, we look forward to gathering in support of our ALICE network and the most vulnerable populations in our community. We hope this year’s tournament is a great success, and look forward to a friendly, fun competition.”

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Paragon Casino Resort and United Way of Central Louisiana have a long history of giving back to the region. In 2021, the tribe donated more than $1 million to charitable causes in Avoyelles Parish alone, with the help of partners like United Way.

Registration for this event and sponsorship opportunities including silver, gold and platinum levels can be found at

Pow Wow Education Day Returns to Inspire Students of All Ages

After 3-year hiatus, Tribe encourages public to participate in this free, educational event held before annual Pow Wow

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will host a free Education Day following a three-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This annual public event, held on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville, is a free day of programming dedicated to educating students of all ages on Native American culture and highlights the historical, social and symbolic significance of inter-tribal Pow Wows.

The 2023 Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow Education Day will consist of Pow Wow dance demonstrations, Tunica-Biloxi storytelling, arts and crafts vendors and displays, flute music and an interactive traditional home. The Ottertrail Singers from Apache, Oklahoma, will accompany dance exhibitions during the programs, and attendees are encouraged to participate in inter-tribal dances, including Round Dance and Two-step. The Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow Committee is excited to welcome back Native flutist and master flute maker Hawk Henries to Education Day.

“The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana prides itself on the robust educational programming we have developed over the last several decades,” said Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite. “This is an opportunity to share Native traditions with students of all ages so they may better understand our rich history and culture, and I encourage all who are able to participate in this wonderful experience.”

Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, and group reservations are encouraged. There will be two (2) programs, approximately 75 minutes in length, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023. For reservations, contact Elisabeth Pierite at (318) 240-6432 or Education Day is a free preview to help audiences understand what they will see at the 25th Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow held on May 20 & 21.

LCRP Director John Barbry to be Featured in The Historic New Orleans Collection’s 2023 History Symposium

History Symposium 2023: Democracy in Louisiana 

Saturday, April 1, 2023 | 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. 

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA 

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is hosting its 2023 History Symposium, which explores how the democratic system has functioned in Louisiana and how key events have influenced our current political environment. 

Since becoming a state in 1812, Louisiana has participated in America’s bold experiment with democracy.
Moderator Dr. Pearson Cross and a vibrant slate of speakers, including Tunica-Biloxi Language and Culture Revitalization Program Director John Barbry will address topics ranging from the drafting of the first constitution and the politics of enslavement to the women’s suffrage movement in New Orleans and how Louisiana’s environment impacts public policy.

Symposium participants include Dr. Pearson Cross (moderator), Dr. Brian Klopotek, John Barbry, Dr. Steven Procopio, Dr. Laura Roseanne Adderley, Dr. Theodore R. Foster III, Dr. Libby Neidenbach, Dr. Albert L. Samuels, Rebecca Mowbray, Lamar Gardere, Dr. Andy Horowitz

General admission, $75. Students, teachers, and active military with a valid ID, $20. 

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25th Annual Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow Returns to Avoyelles Parish

After 3-year hiatus, Tribe encourages public to participate in traditional arts, storytelling, music and dance competitions

Marksville, LA – (March 3, 2023) –This May, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will host its 25th Annual Pow Wow following a three-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This annual public event, held on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville, welcomes various regional indigenous tribes to celebrate culture through vibrant craft displays, music performances, dance presentations and cultural exhibits. An assortment of interactive events and live performances throughout the weekend aims to highlight the history and traditions of the Tribe. Not only does this historic, cultural event celebrate the traditions of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, but neighboring tribes from across the region, who are invited to share their own culture and heritage as well.

This year’s Pow Wow is also a celebration of community resilience in times of difficulty brought on by the recent pandemic and the perseverance of the Tribe. Native Americans were one of the hardest-hit groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. They faced a long road of protecting their citizens, often living in rural areas far from healthcare access and rebounding in the aftermath. Despite these setbacks, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s reach is as large as ever and only continues to grow while still honoring its culture. Just this past year, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe saw great victories, including reclaiming ancestral burial grounds in central Louisiana and expanding internet and broadband access within the reservation. Additionally, members of Tribal leadership were selected to serve on numerous federally-appointed boards and committees with the hopes of amplifying the Tunica-Biloxi mission, and the goals of Indian Country nationwide.

“While the annual Pow Wow serves as a much-needed homecoming for Tunica-Biloxi citizens throughout the nation, the upcoming 25th-anniversary celebration is especially important after being separated by time and pandemic for the past three years,” said Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite. “The year’s celebration is a reminder of our fellowship with other Native American Tribes and the importance of honoring our native cultures while our reach continues to grow nationwide.”

Featured performances and events include the Tunica-Biloxi Singers and Legend Keepers, Native American dance and drum (singing) contests and special performances by Swamp Water and native flutist, Hawk Henries. The event will also feature food and craft vendors.

Additionally, the Tribe will hold an Education Day on Friday, May 19, ahead of the Pow Wow. The event will include two sessions at the Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Area children and school groups are invited to attend and discover the diverse and vibrant traditions of Native Americans from across the U.S. The event will include dance demonstrations, and attendees are invited to join in. The Tribe also encourages those attending to try their hand at using traditional tools and toys, as well as learn about basketry, clothing and jewelry of tribes of various regions. The Tunica Biloxi Singers and Legend Keepers will also share tribal folklore, language and songs with participants. Admission is free. For more information, contact Elisabeth Pierite-Mora (

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