Robert Kentta, Loraine Butler and Gloria Ingle were elected to the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in elections held Saturday.
Kentta, from Logsden, Ore., was re-elected with 350 votes; Butler, from Siletz, Ore., was re-elected with 339 votes; and Ingle, from Lincoln City, Ore., was elected with 258 votes. Nine candidates ran for the three open positions and the three who received the most votes were elected.
These individuals will serve with Reggie Butler Sr. and Sharon Edenfield, both of Siletz, and Jessie Davis of Salem, Ore., whose terms expire in 2015; and Lillie Butler and Alfred (Bud) Lane III, both of Siletz, and Delores Pigsley, of Keizer, Ore., whose terms expire in 2016. Term of office is three years for each position on the nine-member council.
Six hundred forty-three ballots were returned and accepted. Enrolled members of the Siletz Tribe who are age 18 and older are eligible to vote in Tribal elections. The Tribe has more than 4,900 enrolled members.
The swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected council members took place Sunday. Officers are elected on an annual basis and those selected for 2014 include:
Delores Pigsley, chairman Sharon Edenfield, secretary
Alfred (Bud) Lane III, vice chairman Gloria Ingle, treasurer
Pigsley currently has served 28.5 years as Tribal chairman out of 35 years on the council, while Davis has served 25 years on the Tribal Council; Lillie Butler has served 22; Reggie Butler, 17; Lane, 16; Kentta and Loraine Butler, nine each; Edenfield nearly five years; and the newly elected Ingle.
The Siletz Tribe has spent the last 36 years rebuilding its government and economic structure. The signing of Public Law 95-195 in 1977, which restored government-to-government relations between the Siletz Tribe and the federal government, started this process. The Siletz Tribe was the second in the nation – and the first in Oregon – to achieve restoration.
The Siletz Tribe was among the first to become a self-governance Tribe, giving Tribal government more control over services provided to Tribal members. Under self-governance, the U.S. government provides general funding to the Tribe (rather than to specific programs), then Tribal employees and the Tribal Council decide how funds will be spent.