Siletz Tribe Elects Tribal Council Members
Officers Also Selected for 2015
Reggie Butler Sr., Sharon A. Edenfield and David R. Hatch were elected to the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in elections held Saturday.
Butler, from Siletz, Ore., was re-elected with 267 votes; Edenfield, also from Siletz, was re-elected with 267 votes; and Hatch, from Portland, Ore., was elected with 247 votes. Ten candidates ran for the three open positions and the three who received the most votes were elected.
These individuals will serve with Lillie Butler and Alfred (Bud) Lane III, both of Siletz, and Delores Pigsley, of Keizer, Ore., whose terms expire in 2016; and Loraine Butler of Siletz, Gloria Ingle of Lincoln City, Ore., and Robert Kentta of Logsden, Ore., whose terms expire in 2017. Term of office is three years for each position on the nine-member council.
Seven hundred eight ballots were returned and accepted. Enrolled members of the Siletz Tribe who are age 18 or older are eligible to vote in Tribal elections. The Tribe has nearly 5,000 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 2015 include:
Delores Pigsley, chairman Sharon A. Edenfield, secretary
Alfred (Bud) Lane III, vice chairman Robert Kentta, treasurer
Pigsley currently has served 29.5 years as Tribal chairman out of 36 years on the council, while Lillie Butler has served 23; Reggie Butler, 18; Lane, 17; Kentta and Loraine Butler, 10 each; Edenfield, nearly six years; and Hatch, with six years of previous service on the Tribal Council.
The Siletz Tribe has spent the last 37 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.