Meet the Council

Earl J. Barbry Sr.
Tribal Chairman
A Native of Avoyelles Parish, Chairman Barbry was reared on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville, La. Earl Joseph Barbry, Sr., learned early that he was part of a clan unique to the area. Under his leadership that seemingly endless quest of his father, grandfathers, past tribal leaders, and tribal members to bring the Tunica-Biloxi people to a point of federal recognition as a Native American tribe was realized in September of 1981 when the tribe was federally recognized.

Chairman Barbry was elected Tribal Chairman in 1978 and was appointed as Tribal Administrator that same year. Barbry serves in those capacities to this day and under his leadership, and that of Council members, tribal members have seen some amazing changes take place.

Where once was barren fields and wooded areas with a few shanties scattered about, can now be seen as a unique and modern housing development, Tribal Administrative Office, a Health Department and Social Services Office, Gaming Board and Gaming Commission Office, and Tribal Police and Court Building. Tribal landholdings have also significantly increased during Barbry's tenure as Chairman.

Marshall Pierite
Marshall Pierite attended high school in Avoyelles Parish and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. His military achievements include boot camp, basic training MCRD in San Diego and Administrative School at Camp Pendleton, where he finished first in his class

In 1981, Pierite was employed as an administrative clerk at Twenty-nine Palms, California and was then promoted to corporal and administrative chief. In 1983, He was assigned to 1st Marine Brigade as Administrative Chief. In 1985, Pierte was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps and received his second Good Conduct Medal. After his military service, he worked as an office manager for a local concrete finishing company.

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe hired Pierte in 1987 as the Contract Medical Clerk until 1993, when he was promoted to Social Services Director on the reservation. In May of 1993, Pierite was elected to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Council. He is also the Chairman of the Tribe's Youth Activities Committee. He serves as the Tribe's delegate to the United South and Eastern Tribes' Social Services Committee.

Joey. Barbry
Secretary Treasurer
A native of Avoyelles Parish, Joey Barbry attended Sacred Heart School in Moreauville and is a 1995 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Plaucheville. He is currently enrolled at Louisiana State University of Alexandria and upon graduation will earn a degree in Business Administration.

Barbry is the father of a daughter, Annabelle Marie Barbry, and is the son of Tribal Chairman and Mrs. Gail Barbry. He is currently employed at the Paragon Casino Resort Hotel Manager and has been an employee of the tribally owned enterprise for over ten years.

Barbry has served on the Tunica-Biloxi Economic Development Corporation for the past five years, having held the position of Secretary-Treasurer. He is currently serving as the President of the EDC. Barbry represents the Tribe in his capacity as a member of the Avoyelles Parish Economic Development Board.

David Rivas
David Rivas, Jr., was born in Houston, Texas but relocated to the Northwest Washington, D.C. Area. He was educated at Maryland's Bethesda Chevy Chase high School and entered Frostburg State University in Maryland subsequent to his high school graduation. His areas of study were Political Science and Criminal Justice.

David is married to Marsha Sanders Rivas of Marksville, LA and they  have four children: David Rivas, III; Dakota Christian; Dawson Luke; and Isa Bella Jolie. He began his career with the Tribe as an Inspector with the Gaming Commission in 1995. He was later promoted to Investigator and served in that capacity until 1999, at which time he was appointed as the Tribe's Director of Political Affairs.

In 1995, Rivas ran for the position of councilman-at-large and was successful in his endeavor. He has sought re-election and is beginning his fourth term as a member of the Tunica-Biloxi tribal Council. He also serves as a member of the United South and Eastern Tribe's Economic Development Committee.

Brenda Lintinger
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 UNO, 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.

Marshall R. Sampson, Sr.
Marshall R. Sampson, Sr. is a native of Moreauville, La. Subsequent to his graduation from high school, he entered the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science in 1995.

After earning his degree, Marshall was employed by the tribally owned Grand Casino Avoyelles as a member of the Systems Support team. A promotion to Vice-President of Systems soon followed. Sampson currently serves as one of Paragon's three General Mangers.

In 1997, Sampson successfully sought election to the Tribal Council. In 2005, he continues his service to the tribe as an elected Council member. A member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Moreauville, Sampson is also a member of the United South and Eastern Tribes' Natural Resources Committee and has previously served on its Education Committee. Sampson serves on Paragon's Donations Committee.