The planning department is responsible for working with the Tribal Council to carry out the tribe’s master plan for the future. The department accomplishes this by applying for grants and funding received through various agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Indian Health Service (HIS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other government agencies.

The BIA provides funding on an annual basis to construct and maintain reservation roads, as well as, funding to operate our tribal government. IHS is used for water and sewer projects associated with the construction of office buildings and residential areas located on tribal lands. In addition, IHS funding can be used to assist tribal members that live within the service area to obtain water and sewer connections for new and existing housing.

Once funding is received, the planning department works closely with the Land Manager and Finance Office to ensure that the construction phase and financial responsibility is carried out according to agency specification.

The Planning Department is also tasked with gathering documents to place land that is purchased by the tribe for future development in to trust through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

For more information, contact:
Earl J. Barbry, Jr.
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of LA
150 Melacon Road
Marksville, LA 71351
(800) 272-9767, ext. 6451