(L to R) Reggie Butler Sr.; Loraine Butler; Robert Kentta; Delores Pigsley, chairman; Jessie Davis, treasurer; Tina Retasket, secretary; Sharon Edenfield; and Bud Lane, vice chairman. Not pictured: Lillie Butler.
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Siletz Tribe Elects Tribal Council Members
Officers Also Elected for 2012
Reginald Butler Sr., Sharon Edenfield and Jessie Davis were re-elected to the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in elections held Saturday.
Butler, from Siletz, Ore., was re-elected with 283 votes; Edenfield, also from Siletz, was re-elected with 237 votes; and Davis, from Salem, Ore., was re-elected with 218 votes. Eleven candidates ran for the three open positions and the three who received the most votes were elected.
These individuals will serve with Alfred “Bud” Lane III and Lillie Butler, both of Siletz, and Delores Pigsley of Keizer, Ore., whose terms expire in 2013; and Robert Kentta of Logsden, Ore., and Loraine Butler and Tina Retasket, both of Siletz, whose terms expire in 2014. Term of office is three years for each position on the nine-member council.
Six hundred eighty-one 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 4,800 enrolled members.
The swearing-in ceremony for the re-elected council members took place Sunday. Officers are elected on an annual basis and those selected for 2012 include:
Delores Pigsley, chairman
Alfred “Bud” Lane III, vice chairman
Tina Retasket, secretary
Jessie Davis, treasurer
Pigsley currently has served 26.5 years as Tribal chairman out of 33 years on the council, while Davis has served 23 years on the Tribal Council; Lillie Butler has served 20; Reggie Butler, 15; Lane, 14; Kentta and Loraine Butler, seven each; Retasket, four; and Edenfield less than three years.
The Siletz Tribe has spent the last 34 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.
Significant Tribal accomplishments since 1977 include opening the original Siletz Community Health Clinic in 1991 and the new, much-larger clinic in May 2010; building more than 100 homes and multiple dwellings for Tribal members, including new apartments in Siletz and Lincoln City; completing the Siletz Dance House in 1996; opening the Tenas Illahee Childcare Center in Siletz in 2003; and opening the Tillicum Fitness Center, a new gymnasium and a new USDA food distribution warehouse, all in Siletz, in 2008.
The Siletz Tribal Business Corporation (STBC) was formed to develop business ventures on behalf of the Tribe. Through STBC, the Tribe opened the Siletz Gas & Mini-Mart in Siletz in 2003, the Logan Road RV Park in Lincoln City in 2004 and the Hee Hee Illahee RV Resort in Salem in 2006. The Tribe purchased the Imprints printing business in Lincoln City in 2008. It also opened O’Downey’s Irish Pub and Family Dining in Depoe Bay in 2010.
Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City opened in May 1995. In 2004, the Siletz Tribe purchased the former Shilo Inn adjacent to the casino and opened Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Chinook Winds Golf Resort opened in 2005 when the Tribe purchased the former Lakeside Golf and Fitness Center in Lincoln City. The combination of Tribal employees and those at Chinook Winds Casino Resort has allowed the Siletz Tribe to become the largest employer in Lincoln County.
The Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $9.4 million through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $2.3 million in cash and fundraising items since 1995. It also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for events.
Tribal offices in Eugene, Salem and Portland now are housed in Tribally owned buildings. The Eugene office moved to its current location in 2005, with Salem moving in 2006 and Portland in 2008.
The Tribe also played a lead role in opening Siletz Valley School in 2003 and Siletz Valley Early College Academy in 2006.