Chief Harold Pierite, Sr. Continues to Serve with Louisiana State Police Commission

Tunica-Biloxi Police Chief Re-Appointed to Commission

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is proud to announce that Gov. John Bel Edwards has re-appointed Chief Harold Pierite to the State Police Commission. Pierite, who was nominated by Loyola University, will represent the 5th Congressional District, which covers most of the northeastern and central portions of Louisiana and includes major cities like Monroe and Alexandria.

The State Police Commission is comprised of seven members that have exclusive jurisdiction and final authority over the administration of the state police service. The commission’s purpose is to serve as an impartial review board that authorizes and resolves State Police Commission Rules in order to regulate state police personnel activities, while also hearing appeals from hired, full-time law enforcement officers.

“I’m honored that Gov. Edwards continues to instill his trust in me to fulfill this role,” said Pierite. “I promise to serve the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana to the best of my abilities and to consistently and effectively perform my duties as a member of the commission.”

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 currently serves as the chief of police for the Tunica-Biloxi Police Department and has done so for more than 20 years. 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 as chief of police 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.



Tribe Encourages Local Schools To Participate In Native American Arts, Storytelling, Music and Dance

Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow Education Day

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana invites area children, students and families to come out and discover the diverse and vibrant traditions of Native Americans from across the U.S. at the Education Day ahead of their annual Pow Wow. The event will take place Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Mari Showroom in the Paragon Casino in Marksville, LA. Admission is free.

The event will include Pow Wow dance demonstrations where dancers will perform and explain various dance styles and adornments from numerous Native American tribes. Attendees are invited to participate in the dance demonstrations. Additionally, the Tribe invites children to try their hand at using traditional tools and toys as well as learn about basketry, clothing and jewelry of tribes from various regions. The Tunica- Biloxi Singers & Legend Keepers will also share tribal folklore, language and songs with participants.

For reservations please contact Elisabeth Mora at or call (318) 240-6432.


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Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Names Kurt Schmidt as CFO of Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville

Kurt Schmidt Paragon Casino Resort

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana has announced the hiring of Kurt W. Schmidt as Chief Financial Officer of Paragon Casino Resort. Schmidt will be responsible for the accounting and financial functions of the property.

Schmidt brings to Paragon over 35 years experience as a CPA and 25 years experience as a CFO. Schmidt has an MBA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has served as the CFO or CEO for 6 different Native American tribal gaming organizations in the Midwest and Southwest.

Most recently Schmidt served as the Interim CEO for the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona, overseeing all existing operations in addition to a project manager role for the construction of a brand new casino. Prior to Arizona, he served for 3 years as the gaming CEO for the Omaha Tribe of Iowa and Nebraska, where he again oversaw the construction of a new casino. While his CEO experience has significantly expanded his overall knowledge of gaming operations, Kurt says he is very happy to return to his CFO roots.

“This is an exciting time to join Paragon Casino Resort,” said Kurt Schmidt. “The refresh of our gaming floor along with a new marketing and branding campaign will plant the seed to grow the business and better serve our valued guests. I have been very impressed with both the friendliness and work ethic displayed by the staff here at Paragon. This is a team I’m really looking forward to working with.”

“We are proud to have Mr. Schmidt join and lead the finance efforts at Paragon Casino Resort,” said General Manager Michael Hamilton. “Kurt’s experience working in all aspects of tribal gaming along with his extensive background in improving both operational and financial efficiencies will be of great value to the resort, our team members, and ultimately our guests as well.”



Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Pow Wow Native American Dance

Marksville, La. (March 1, 2017) – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will host its 22nd annual Pow Wow Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, in the Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center at Paragon Casino Resort (711 Paragon Place, Marksville, La. 71351). Hosted each year in Marksville, Louisiana, the Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow serves as social gathering for Tunica-Biloxi tribal members and non-members to experience the history and traditions of the tribe. The Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow affirms the endurance of indigenous culture through vibrant craft displays, music performances, dance presentations and cultural exhibits.

DATE: Saturday 10am-10pm ~ Sunday 10am-4pm

LOCATION:  Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center at Paragon Casino Resort, 711 Paragon Place,
Marksville, LA, 71351.

LODGING: Paragon Casino Resort hotel and RV campground offers a Pow Wow rate.

ADMISSION: General Admission – $5; Children (5 yrs & Younger) – $3; Registered Drum (singers)
and Dancers with numbered credentials will be admitted free.

FEATURED PERFORMANCE: Tunica-Biloxi Singers & Legend Keepers

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE COMPETITION: (13 categories):  Golden Age (Age 50 & Up; 4
categories ~ Men & Women’s Northern and Southern), Adult (Ages 18-49; Men & Women
categories), Junior (Ages 11-17; Boy & Girl categories), Chicken Dance category – Adult (Age 18+).
Tiny -Tots (10yrs. & under on Sat & Sun.). Entry fee is $5 for dance competition participants.

Northern and Southern categories.

Tickets for the Pow Wow will be available for purchase on-site and include $5 for general admission and $3 for children 5 years old and under. Pow Wow registered drum singers and dancers in regalia with numbered credentials will receive free admission. The event will include a $5 entry fee for dance competition participants. Parking will be available at the Paragon Casino Resort; rates for RV camping and lodging will be provided upon request.

For lodging or general information call 800-946-1946 or visit Vendors must apply in advance. Contact Ryan at 800-272-9767 ext 6433 or email


The Pow Wow Committee is requesting volunteers to assist with 22nd Annual Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow on May 20th and 21st. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt (for a minimum of 2 hrs) and a meal (minimum of 4 hrs) for helping. Contact Megan at or (318)240-6468 today!



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