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Tunica-Biloxi officials mark the tribe’s first film premiere with a photo, taken by Dominique Ellis of the Ehrhardt Group public relations firm. The officials are (from left) Economic Development Committee board member Raymond Bertalotto Jr., Tribe Vice Chairman Marshall Sampson, EDC President Tony Pierite and Paragon Casino public relations agent Darrian Pierite. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

"Wind River" sheds light on overlooked issue of missing women on Native American reservations

Hollywood came to Marksville on Aug. 12 when three noted Native American actors attended the local premiere of the critically acclaimed film Wind River.

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The Kansas City Southern Railroad track still runs past the vacant Mansura Depot that served train passengers and freight trains for many years, including welcoming a number of orphans to the state during the so-called Orphan Train program in the early 20th Century. The depot will have a new life as a community center and museum. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

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Mansura Mayor Kenneth Pickett admires the workmanship on a new door installed at the Mansura Depot. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

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This ticket window, facing the railroad track, once welcomed visitors to Mansura when passenger trains were a common means of travel. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

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Some day the old Mansura Depot will welcome visitors with open arms and all the hospitality that Avoyelles Parish is known for. However, for now a white and red sign (on first window) tells would-be visitors to "Keep Out" while remodeling is being done to turn the 93-year-old structure into a home for a museum featuring the area’s history and the important role the railroad played here. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Mansura Depot museum taking shape

It might take a bit of imagination to see a tourist attraction where an empty shell of a building now stands, but there are definitely indications of good things to come.



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