Tunica-Biloxi Chief of Police Harold Pierite to be Inducted into Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame

Marksville, LA. – (Jan. 21, 2022) – The Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame (LJHF) has announced that Tunica-Biloxi Police Chief Harold Pierite, Sr. will be inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame on June 3, 2022. Inductees are chosen based on their hard work, commitment and dedication to improving their communities and the lives of those they serve. This honor is LJHF’s greatest recognition and is given to inductees each year who serve above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the public for justice, civil rights and the protection of the public.

“Our TribalPolice Department is a vital part of keeping our community safe and we have been grateful to have Chief Pierite at its helm,” says Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite. “He is an invaluable asset to the Tunica-Biloxi people, and we are honored that he is being recognized for his dedication to our citizens and as an outstanding figure in our parish and state’s criminal justice system.”

Chief Pierite has a long history of dedicated service of serving his community. He has been a member of the Tunica-Biloxi Police Department for more than 30 years and has served as a member of the Tunica Biloxi Tribal Council for more than 20 years. Prior to his current role as the Tunica-Biloxi Chief of Police, Pierite served as a police officer for both the Tunica-Biloxi Police as well as an Avoyelles Parish Police

Chief Pierite has worked diligently in the tribal community to ensure citizens are well cared for and safe. Under his direction, the Tunica-Biloxi Police Department offers community support events and programming to engage citizens of all ages and foster a sense of community among neighbors and relatives of the Tribe.

“I am honored and blessed to be recognized by the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame,” says Tunica-Biloxi Chief of Police, Honorable Harold Pierite, Sr. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in service to our community and have a deep passion for serving each and every tribal citizen in our jurisdiction. The Tribal Council and my fellow officers at the Tunica-Biloxi Police Department have been extremely supportive of me during my tenure, and I could not have accomplished this without them.”

TUNICA-BILOXI COVID ECONOMIC RESCUE PROGRAM FOR TRIBAL-MEMBER BUSINESSES

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe announces the new Tunica-Biloxi COVID Economic Rescue Program for Tribal-Member Businesses. Qualifying applicants may be eligible for economic support and/or reimbursement of costs in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency. Because funding is limited, a qualifying applicant will receive no more than $15,000 (amount has to be justified) related to this program. Applicants must complete the COVID Economic Rescue Program for Tribal-Member Businesses application.


Eligibility for Tribal Member-Owned Businesses


• Businesses must be owned by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Member and spouse.
• The tribal-member business has to be a measurable source of income for the tribal member household (at least 25% of income has to be derived from the business entity).
• Must have less than 50 part-time or full-time employees prior to March 11, 2021 and in operation prior to March 11, 2021.
• Must be able to demonstrate they have faced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Required Documents


• Tunica-Biloxi COVID Economic Rescue Program for Tribal-Member Businesses Application (Within the application, a detailed narrative of how the business was negatively impacted due to COVID-19 will be required. A business requesting future expenditures shall provide a detailed justification of those expenditures and how those expenditures will assist the business to recover).
• Business License or Certificate of Formation.
• Copies of invoices and checks issued pertaining to reimbursement requests associated with qualified expenses due to COVID-19.
• Most recent tax filing (preferably 2020 tax filing).
• IRS W-9 form.


Certificate of Preference Eligibility (TERO Office) is not required but encouraged.

For examples of business licenses or certificates of formation, click here.


Filing of Application


A tribal member shall request an application from Jessica Barbry, the employee assigned to coordinate this program. Application submissions may be either emailed, hand-delivered, or mailed to Jessica Barbry. For email submissions, please send the application to jabarbry@tunica.org. For mail submissions, please submit the application to the following address:


Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
Attn: Jessica Barbry, Budget & Data Analyst
150 Melacon Road
Marksville, LA 71351


Only applications that are fully completed and include all required documents will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. If the application and required documents are received by mail, the date of receipt will be the postmarked date.


Questions regarding this application may be submitted in writing to Jessica Barbry at the above address or by email jabarbry@tunica.org.


Teen Power Host Relationship Building Workshop

Relationships are built on the foundation of trust and respect, but at times it’s hard to understand how to clearly communicate this to your partner.

Teen Power is hosting a Zoom workshop on January 22, 2022, for teenagers in grades 9-12, to learn skills that can help them develop healthy and happy relationships. To sign up, please contact Paulette at pvoiselle@tunica.org.

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.”