MARKSVILLE, LA – The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) has selected Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite as the 2022 Tribal Leader of the Year. The award recognizes tribal leaders for outstanding work and dedication through foresight, resolve and considerable economic advancement of their tribe.
Chairman Pierite was nominated by Vice Chairman Marshall Ray Sampson, Sr. and selected by NAFOA’s Board of Directors for his accomplishments. NAFOA recognizes that, to effectively lead a nation, tribal leaders are tasked with the responsibility of making major financial decisions and commended Chairman Pierite for his dedication to Tunica-Biloxi citizens, particularly in his quick and responsible reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a leader, the most important role we can fill is that of servant,” Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite. “To serve others is our highest calling. I strive to instill this notion in all that I do for our citizens. It is for them that we continue on in the face of hardship, as our ancestors have done for decades, so that the tribe of many may continue to flourish.”
The NAFOA Leadership Awards honor the accomplishments of a tribal leader, tribal executive, and financial deals advancing tribal economies. 2021 was one of the most challenging times for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and all of Indian Country, yet Chairman Pierite’s long-term vision and planning turned this past year into one of his most impressive and impactful years as a tribal leader. Chairman Pierite responded locally and regionally, supporting his citizens in the aftermath of hurricanes and amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“2021 was one of the most challenging times for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe,” said Tunica-Biloxi Vice Chairman Marshall Sampson, Sr. “Throughout the pandemic and a rough tropical weather season, Chairman Pierite’s long-term vision and planning turned this past year into one of his most impressive and impactful as a tribal leader. [His] leadership style and inclusive approach to solving complex problems, has opened many doors for the tribe including increasing economic development initiatives and securing long-term community prosperity.”
Chairman Pierite received the award at the NAFOA’s 40th Annual Conference 40 years after the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe was officially recognized by the federal government. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe has reached enormous financial success during his tenure, including the refinancing of Paragon Casino Resort’s debt and saving the tribe nearly $141 million.