Meet the Council

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Joey Barbry | Chairman

Chairman Barbry was sworn into office on April 12, 2014 following the 36-year tenure of his father, Earl Barbry, Sr., who is credited for building the Tunica-Biloxi tribe into one of the most powerful economic forces in Louisiana. Under the Chairman’s leadership, the tribal council oversees the reservation and its business investments including Paragon Casino Resort, which celebrated its 22nd anniversary in Avoyelles Parish this year.

Chairman Barbry is a native of Avoyelles Parish. He attended Sacred Heart School in Moreauville and is a 1995 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Plaucheville, Louisiana. Barbry has a daughter, Annabelle Marie Barbry. He is the son of late Chairman and Mrs. Gail Barbry.

Barbry is currently employed by Paragon Casino Resort as the VP of Hotel Operations and has been an employee of the resort for eighteen years now. Chairman Barbry got his start as a Hotel Bellman, and eventually worked his way up to Vice President of Hotel Operations. He served as the Secretary-Treasurer on the Tribal Council for eight years before becoming Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. He also served as Secretary-Treasurer and President of the Economic Development Corporation for one year consecutively.

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Marshall R. 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 Paragon Casino Resort 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.

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Beverly Chapman-Rachal | Secretary-Treasurer

Beverly Chapman-Rachal serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. Prior to her role with the Tunica-Biloxi tribal council, Rachal worked in the insurance industry and later joined Paragon Casino Resort as executive administrative assistant, a position she’s held for more than five years. 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.

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Harold Pierite, Sr. | Councilman

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. 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 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.

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Brenda Lintinger | Councilwoman

Brenda Lintinger served her first term as a member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Council in 1997. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, where she first obtained a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature with a concentration in Linguistics. She served on the tribal Pow-Wow and Education committees, as well as the Economic Development Board.

In May of 2004, Lintinger completed studies for an MBA from University of New Orleans, this time with a concentration in Finance. Her focus and main area of interests were Investments and Financial Markets and Institutions.

Lintinger has also been active in numerous organizations within and outside of her Native American community. She has worked with the Louisiana Office of Indian Affairs in conjunction with the Indian Education Advisory Board. She is currently employed as the Managing Editor of News From the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, a publication promoting education, information, and public relations on behalf of the tribe.

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Alejos Lopez, Jr. | Councilman

Alejos Lopez, Jr. serves as board member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. Currently working as RV Resort and Arcade manager of Paragon Casino Resort, Lopez has been overseeing the RV resort operations and daily activities of the Paragon arcade and game room for more than thirteen years. He also serves as board member of the Tunica-Biloxi Economic Development Corporation, a position he has held for more than nine years.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Lopez’s native name is Red Feathered Arrow. He resides on the Tunica-Biloxi reservation in Marksville, La., and has two children and four grandchildren.

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Earl J. Barbry, Jr. | Councilman

Earl J. Barbry, Jr. serves as board member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, his fourth term on the tribal council since 1999. Barbry currently works as the Director of the Tunica-Biloxi Museum/Cultural and Educational Resources Center (CERC) and has acted in this capacity for more than 20 years. He previously served on the Tribal Scholarship Committee as a board member and later as a committee chairperson for six years.

A graduate of St. Joseph High School in Plaucheville, La., Barbry attended the Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) where he studied business administration. An Avoyelles Parish native, Barbry is married to Julie Gremillion Barbry and is the father of Alexis and Anjelica Barbry. He is the son of late Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry, Sr. and Gail Barbry.

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