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Paragon Casino Resort Donates $50,000 Check to Avoyelles Parish Justice Center on Behalf of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Funds will be used to assist in building new facility that will better serve public needs


August 27, 2018

MARKSVILLE, LA. – (Aug. 24, 2018) – On Monday, Aug. 27, Paragon Casino Resort will present a donation of $50,000 to the Avoyelles Parish Justice Center, on behalf of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. The presentation will take place at Paragon Casino Resort (711 Paragon Place in Marksville, LA) at 3 p.m. The donation will be issued to the Justice Center Committee for a project to build new courtrooms.

“We are proud to assist the Avoyelles Parish Justice Center. It has always been a mission of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe to be a good community partner,” said Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite. “As the Parish’s largest employer, we are happy to assist in donating to worthy causes that directly benefit everyone in our community.”

Due to the conditions of the current courthouse built in 1927, Avoyelles Parish Judges Kerry Spruill and William J. Bennett are developing a plan to build a courtroom facility. This building will be accessible to citizens and will include spacious courtrooms, more restrooms, attorney-client meeting rooms, judges’ offices and more. Funds from the donation will be used to obtain the services of a public relations expert and an architect to assist in guiding the Committee along in the project.

“We are closer to seeing this project become a reality thanks to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe,” said Judge Bennett. “The Justice Center is necessary for the safety and comfort of the people of Avoyelles Parish and we cannot thank the Tribe enough for their support.”

“We look forward to the development of the new Justice Center facility,” said Judge Spruill. “Thank you very much to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and Paragon Casino Resort. We are extremely grateful for this donation and all that you do to serve our community.”

In addition to the Justice Center donation, Paragon Casino Resort will also make donations to the Avoyelles Parish Police Jury and the Avoyelles Parish School Board on behalf of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. Altogether, Paragon and the Tribe and Paragon will donate $150,000 to Avoyelles Parish entities.

“We are continuously grateful for our relationship with the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and excited for this opportunity to give back to the community,” said General Manager of Paragon Casino Resort Jody Madigan. “Paragon has deep roots in Avoyelles Parish and we are thrilled to be able to assist with this important parish project.”

About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville, where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has assisted local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit and “like” us on Facebook.


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