Tribal Council

Our Tribal Council

Marshall Pierite

Marshall Pierite

Chairman

Marshall Pierite is Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. For more than 20 years Pierite he held several elected positions on the Tribal Council including Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Tribe. Over the years he has worked on government operations, budgeting, infrastructure development, economic development, community development and tax policy development for the Tribe.

A native Louisianan, Marshall began his career by serving in the United States Marine Corps with a military occupational specialty in administration. Following his military service, he worked for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana as a medical clerk and eventually was promoted to the role of Director of the Tunica-Biloxi Social Services Department.

Marshall Ray Sampson, Sr.

Vice Chairman

Marshall Ray Sampson, Sr. serves as vice-chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. He has served on the Tribal Council as a Council Member-at-Large since the spring of 1997. An employee of the Paragon Casino since its opening in June 1994, Sampson now holds the position of Assistant General Manager of Operations.

A native of Avoyelles Parish, Sampson is a graduate of Southwestern University of Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  He has served on numerous community and pan-Native American boards on local and regional levels. Sampson currently resides in Marksville, La. and is married to Carmanlita Sampson. Together, the couple has three sons, Marshall Sampson, Jr., Trey Sampson and Dayton Sampson.

Beverly Chapman-Rachal

Beverly Chapman-Rachal

Secretary-Treasurer

Beverly Chapman-Rachal was currently re-elected to serve as the secretary and treasurer of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. Prior to her role with the Tunica-Biloxi tribal council, Rachal worked at Paragon Casino Resort as the Hospitality Manager. She currently works for the Inter-Tribal Council of LA as a State Manager.

A native of Houston, Texas, Rachal lived on the Tunica-Biloxi reservation in Marksville where she attended and graduated from Marksville High School. Balancing an active lifestyle of work and family, Rachal currently resides in Marksville, La. with her husband Byron Rachal. She has two daughters, Nikki Lemoine and Lauren Abadie and five grandchildren.

James Craig, III

Council Member

James Craig, III, from Chicago, IL, serves as a council member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. Before Craig was elected, he was a Relationship Manager at Bank of America, where he helped low income and high-income clients by educating them on day to day personal finances, established new relationships with high clientele and created business relationships with business owners. Craig holds the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Illinois National Guard. His Military Occupation Specialty is Interrogation Operations Sergeant, where he oversees a special team of soldiers that conducts interrogations for international matters. During his tenure with the military, he has deployed two times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan, leading soldiers at the front lines. He has previously worked for MB Financial, Fifth Third Bank and Harley Davidson.

Harold Pierite, Sr.

Harold Pierite, Sr.

Council Member

Harold Pierite, Sr. 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. Currently serving as 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. In 2017 he was appointed to the Louisiana State Police Commission, representing the State’s 5th Congressional District. Pierite 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.

Harold Pierite, Sr.

Bobby Pierite

Council Member

Bobby Pierite, Sr. is an Associate Commissioner for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Gaming Commission. He has served aboard the Commission for over 24 years and presides over the Licensing, Inspector General and Investigation Divisions.  He is Vice President of the Tunica-Biloxi Housing Committee. A Marksville native, Pierite graduated Marksville High School and attended Louisiana State University at Alexandria. Pierite attends Holy Ghost Church and serves as a Grand Knight for the Knights of Peter Claver.

Jeremy Zahn

Jeremy Zahn

Council Member

Raised in Houston, Texas and on the Tunica-Biloxi reservation, Zahn is the second son of Julie Zahn and the grandson of Tunica-Biloxi elder Willie Mae Jackson. He attended Northwest Indian College where he studied Tribal Governance. Zahn is also a member of the Tunica-Biloxi Constitution Committee. His areas of interest include advancing indigenous human rights, tribal law, and constitutional reform for modern-day Tunica-Biloxi families.