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david bio pic 2018David Rivas

Director & Chairman

David Rivas, Jr was born in Houston, Texas, but was raised in Northwest Washington, D.C. After graduating from Chevy-Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland, he attended Frostburg State University and studied both Political Science and Criminal Justice. In 1987, David worked at Winter & Associates as Chief Investigator for several large corporate companies assisting in undercover work.

David worked with the Houston Police Department in the Major Crimes Unit, as well as assisted with the retrieval of children who were kidnapped from Mexico in conjunction with the Texas Sheriff’s Department. David was also the Assistant Director of Latinos United, a group that was founded in order to register voters and take action in regards to political issues that affected the Latin American Community in Houston.

He currently resides in Marksville, Louisiana where can fully invest his time and energies into the Political Action Committee. David is inspired and motivated to protect the future of the Tribe by his four children David III, Dakota, Dawson and Isabella. He firmly believes that his work with the T.B.I.P.A.C. is beneficial to maintaining the safety and security of the Tribes future generations.

In 1995, David began working for the Tunica Biloxi Tribe as an Inspector for the Gaming Commission and later was promoted to Investigator. During that time, he learned valuable skills in regards to State and Federal Laws that would benefit him as he fully immersed himself within the Tribe. David worked for three years as a Gaming Commission Officer before being appointed as the Director of Political Affairs by Chairman, Earl Barbry, Sr.

Since that time, David has devoted himself entirely to the Tribe in regards to working with the State and Federal government. He has spoken with State and Federal elected officials in regards to laws and legislation that are beneficial to not only the Tribe, but to the surrounding areas as well. David understands that in he is a representative of the Tunica Biloxi people and will do everything in his power to create a better path to the future.

David took on additional positions with Mobiloans and Red Alligator, LLC in order to stay as involved as possible in the future of the Tribe. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for both Mobiloans and Red Alligator. These two positions, as well as his duties as the Director of the Tunica Biloxi Political Action Committee, are critical to creating a better and sustainable future for the Tribe and its future generations.

Whether he is meeting with legislators in regards to new gaming laws or organizing P.A.C. events, David gives it his all. He is willing to go the extra mile to assist in whatever capacity is needed, whether it is as the Director of the P.A.C. or as a tribal member helping his fellow members when a natural disaster impacts their home. David has proven that he is a humanitarian who believes that everyone, regardless of if he knows them personally or not, should have the security of knowing that their future is safe.

 

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S.212 to Provide Economic Development to Indian Communities

August 22, 2019
S.212 to Provide Economic Development to Indian Communities

S.212 would amend the Native American Business Development, Trade Promotion, and Tourism Act of 2000, the Buy Indian Act, and the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide industry and...

S. 290: Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act

August 22, 2019
S. 290: Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act

S.290, Introduced in January 2019 by Tom Udall, aims to protect native children and promote public safety in Indian country.

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