Kristian K. Poncho


Coushatta Tribal Council

Region 5
Geo Area

Kristian was elected in 2021 as the youngest member of council in the tribe’s history and is serving his inaugural term on the Coushatta Tribe’s governing body. He is currently serving as Tribal Secretary-Treasurer which oversees all aspects of tribal finances and documentation of official tribal records. Appointed as the acting Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Kristian conducts government to government relations pertaining to federal regulations such as Section 106, NAGPRA, and FERC requirements. He was previously engaged professionally in various forms of local, state, and federal government and political activity.

Kristian is responsible for overseeing all tribal finances including the tribe’s expansive investment portfolio. He also documents governmental laws, historical documents, and legal documents as well as serving as acting Tribal Historic Preservation Officer which assumes all duties of State Historic Preservation Officer.

A small business owner engaged in the food business Kristian manages the wholesale and bookkeeping for the family-owned business. He worked as an independent lobbyist in Baton Rouge collaborating with public education interest groups as well as advocating for a public utility. Kristian graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in Political Science after completing an Associate degree in Humanities at Louisiana State University at Eunice.