Gail Barby’s pride was evident as she watched her youngest son, Joey Barbry, take the oath of office as the leader of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe.
Her pride was doubled as her husband’s namesake, Earl Barbry Jr., was sworn in for another term as a tribal council member. Their father, Earl Barbry Sr., was at the helm of the tribe for decades, following in his ancestor’s footsteps. The brothers and other officials were sworn in at ceremonies on April 12. The elder Barbry is credited for bringing the tribe from the brink of extinction in the 1970s to one of the nation’s most powerful tribes and an economic force in the state. The tribe is one of the largest businesses and employer in Central Louisiana. The tribal council oversees the reservation and several business investments, including the tribe’s “jewel in the crown,” Paragon Casino Resort. In addition to the Barbry brothers, Tribal Council members Harold Pierite, Alejos Lopez, and Brenda Lintinger, Vice-Chairman Marshall Sampson and Secretary-Treasurer Beverly Rayer also took their oaths of office.