Monday, September 30, 2019

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s Chairman Marshall Pierite Announces Candidacy for Natioinal Congress of American Indians President

By Levi Rickert - September 30, 2019 at 12:00AM

Marshall Pierite

Published September 30, 2019

MARKSVILLE, La. –– National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel has announced he will not seek reelection this year. On the heels of this announcement, Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Marshall Pierite, announces his candidacy for president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).
The Chairman’s Campaign is centered on values of trust, love, and respect for one another in an effort to create a more inclusive, accountable and effective NCAI. NCAI members will elect a new executive committee, including a president, during its 76th Annual Convention and Marketplace held October 20-25, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“As the next President of NCAI, my priority will be to listen to and work with tribal communities to best advocate for our unique needs. Our Campaign’s platform will improve the lives of Native Americans across the country and address the issues that impact our communities each day,” said Chairman Marshall Pierite. “As Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, I know, firsthand, the difficulties of leading a smaller Tribal community and thus, will work tirelessly to ensure all of our communities, no matter the size, are equally represented in NCAI.”
Pierite’s policy priorities include strengthening tribal sovereignty throughout state and federal government, expanding programs of opportunity for women and youth and protecting the environment by tackling climate change and advocating for sustainable energy development. Chairman Pierite plans to usher in a new era of accountability, accessibility and transparency at NCAI that empowers our collective power as sovereign nations.
In his 30 years of service to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, Chairman Pierite has served in the tribal government in multiple capacities including Council Member, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Director of the Social Services Department. His work has focused on government operations, budgeting, economic development and community advancement.
“I have full confidence in Chairman Pierite. His leadership of our Tribe has been steadfast, progressive and effective,” said Vice Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, Marshall Ray Sampson Sr. “His candidacy not only means a lot to our Tribe, but it would also mean so much for Avoyelles Parish and Central Louisiana.”
As the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s Chairman, Pierite overhauled the ethics code to guarantee transparency and accountability for all levels of leadership, managed the diverse economic portfolio of the Tribe and developed opportunities for tribal youth, including creating culturally-relevant and far-reaching youth programming. Furthermore, as Chairman, his mission has been to create a ‘nation of many’ by better engaging Tunica-Biloxi Tribal members in other areas of the country, including Houston and Chicago. Each of his ventures align with his promise of creating unity through shared values of trust, love and respect.
“Under Marshall Pierite’s leadership, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe has made a huge impact on the local Marksville community as well as the state as a whole,” said Lora Ann Chaisson, Houma Nation Tribal Council Member. “Marshall is an incredible leader and driving force in our state. I have no doubt that he would serve as an excellent president for NCAI and a voice for Native Americans across the country.”
For more information on Chairman Marshall Pierite’s Campaign for NCAI President, visit To register for the 2019 NCAI Conference or to become an NCAI member, visit

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