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Earth Day + Sexual Assault Awareness Month on the April calendar in Siletz

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5K Run/Walk to Commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Earth Day Fair to Follow at Siletz Valley School

The Siletz CARE Program, which provides culturally specific advocacy services to Native American victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in Lincoln County, is planning a Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K Run/Walk on April 20.

The SAAM 5K Run/Walk will be held in Siletz, starting and finishing at the Siletz Valley School football field. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m., with the awards ceremony at 10:15 a.m.

Registration is $20 for individuals age 13 and older and $18 for those 12 and younger. Registration includes a
T-shirt if registered by April 4 and a goody bag for all pre-registered participants. Dogs can be registered for free with any participant and all dogs receive a bandana.

Prizes will be awarded for the overall top male and female finishers, as well as for the top master’s male and female finishers. In addition, awards will be given in five-year age group increments.

For more information or to register for the event, visit tinyurl.com/SAAM2013 or contact Brittany Russell at 541-444-9679 or brittanyr@ctsi.nsn.us. Registration can be completed online or by mail.

An Earth Day Fair for the community that features local programs and vendors, fresh hot chowder from the Chowder Bowl in Newport, local music and a silent auction will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the football field. Interested programs and vendors as well as those wanting to donate items to the silent auction can contact Brittany Russell at 541-444-9679 or brittanyr@ctsi.nsn.us.

All proceeds from the event will benefit domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and teen dating violence programs in Lincoln County, including the CARE Program and My Sisters’ Place. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to sexual assault and encourage the community to break the silence and start talking about it.

Nationwide, one in five women and one in 71 men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their life, yet sexual assault is rarely talked about. This run/walk can help give a voice to those who need one and help create a forum for the community to share in this discussion.

Siletz Tribal elections proves popularity of incumbents

From Left to right
Reggie Butler Sr., Lillie Butler, Robert Kentta, Alfred (Bud) Lane III,
Tina Retasket, Delores Pigsley, Jessie Davis, and Sharon Edenfield

Siletz Tribe Elects Tribal Council Members
Officers Also Selected for 2013

Lillie Butler, Alfred (Bud) Lane III and Delores Pigsley 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 301 votes; Lane, also from Siletz, was re-elected with 340 votes; and Pigsley, from Keizer, Ore., was re-elected with 331 votes. Eight candidates ran for the three open positions and the three who received the most votes were elected.

These individuals will serve with Robert Kentta of Logsden, Ore., and Loraine Butler and Tina Retasket, both of Siletz, whose terms expire in 2014; and Reggie Butler Sr. and Sharon Edenfield, both of Siletz, and Jessie Davis of Salem, Ore., whose terms expire in 2015. Term of office is three years for each position on the nine-member council.

Six hundred seventy-eight 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 re-elected council members took place Sunday. Officers are elected on an annual basis and those selected for 2013 include:

Delores Pigsley, chairman Tina Retasket, secretary
Alfred (Bud) Lane III, vice chairman Robert Kentta, treasurer

Pigsley currently has served 27.5 years as Tribal chairman out of 34 years on the council, while Davis has served 24 years on the Tribal Council; Lillie Butler has served 21; Reggie Butler, 16; Lane, 15; Kentta and Loraine Butler, eight each; Retasket, five; and Edenfield less than four years.

The Siletz Tribe has spent the last 35 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 Restoration include opening the original health clinic in 1991 and a new much larger clinic in 2010; building more than 100 homes and multiple dwellings for Tribal members, including 20 units at Neachesna Village in Lincoln City that opened in 2009, plus another eight units there and 19 apartments in Siletz that opened in 2010; completing the Siletz Dance House in 1996; opening the Tenas Illahee Childcare Center in 2003; opening the Tillicum Fitness Center and a new USDA food distribution warehouse in Siletz in 2008; and opening the Siletz Rec Center in 2009.

Through its economic development division, the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation, the Tribe purchased the Lincoln Shores office complex in Lincoln City in 2001; opened the Siletz Gas & Mini-Mart in Siletz in 2004, 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.

Tribal offices in Portland, Salem and Eugene now are housed in Tribally owned buildings. The Eugene office moved to its current location in 2005, the Salem office did the same in 2006 and the Portland office moved to its current location in 2008.

The Tribe also played a lead role in opening Siletz Valley School in 2003 and the Siletz Valley Early College Academy in 2006.

Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City opened in May 1995. In June 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 April 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 Siletz Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $10.2 million through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated nearly $2.3 million in cash and fund-raising 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.

Siletz Tribal Restoration Pow Wow coming up at Chinook Winds

Donna Woods, Tribal Elder, Traditional Dancer
Jocelyn Hernandez, Youth Jingle Dancer

Siletz Tribe Invites You to 35th Annual Restoration Pow-Wow

The public is invited to join the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians on Nov. 17 as it holds its annual Restoration Pow-Wow at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

This free event begins with a grand entry at 6 p.m. American Indian vendors with jewelry, beadwork and other items for sale will be available throughout the day.

This is the 35th year the Siletz Tribe has celebrated the signing of Public Law 95-195, which re-established government-to-government relations between the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the federal government, which had been terminated in 1954.

In the late 1960s, it became apparent that the only way to preserve and revitalize Siletz Tribal sovereignty, community and culture, was for the Siletz Tribe to regain its status as a Tribe recognized by the United States government.

In November 1977, after years of intense negotiations, Congress and President Jimmy Carter approved Public Law 95-195, which reinstated recognition of the Siletz as a federal Indian Tribe. The Siletz Tribe was the second in the nation – and the first in Oregon – to achieve restoration.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life of its nearly 4,900 members, the Tribe puts strong emphasis on the education, health and social well-being of all its members.

Significant Tribal accomplishments since Restoration include opening the original health clinic in 1991 and a new much larger clinic in 2010; building more than 100 homes and multiple dwellings for Tribal members, including 20 units at Neachesna Village in Lincoln City that opened in 2009, plus another eight units there and 19 apartments in Siletz that opened in 2010; completing the Siletz Dance House in 1996; opening the Tenas Illahee Childcare Center in 2003; opening the Tillicum Fitness Center and a new USDA food distribution warehouse in Siletz in 2008; and opening the Siletz Rec Center in 2009.

Through its economic development division, the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation, the Tribe purchased the Lincoln Shores office complex in Lincoln City in 2001; opened the Siletz Gas & Mini-Mart in Siletz in 2004, 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.

Tribal offices in Portland, Salem and Eugene now are housed in Tribal-owned buildings. The Eugene office moved to its current location in 2005, the Salem office did the same in 2006 and the Portland office moved to its current location in 2008.

The Tribe also played a lead role in opening Siletz Valley School in 2003 and the Siletz Valley Early College Academy in 2006.

Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City opened in May 1995. In June 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 April 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 made the Siletz Tribe the largest employer in Lincoln County.

The Siletz Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $10.1 million through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated nearly $2.3 million in cash and fund-raising 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.

Join Siletz Tribal Members on Run to the Rogue – A call for volunteers!


The community is invited to join Siletz Tribal members and friends on Sept. 6-8 for the 18th Annual Run to the Rogue. You can register at 8 a.m. on Sept. 6 or at any time on the run. Pictured above, left, Tribal Elder Jeannette Giddings, and right, Tony Molina, Eugene Williams Jr., Tony Whitehead, Clarinda Black 2011-12 Junior Miss Siletz and Stan Werth.

This event is a 234-mile relay run/walk in memory of the Siletz Tribal ancestors who were forcibly removed from their homeland in Rogue River country in the mid-1800s and marched north to Siletz and the confinements of the Coast Reservation. This annual relay run is the closest today’s Tribal members can come to their ancestors’ experience on the journey from their homeland.

The run begins in Siletz on Sept. 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Tribal Community Center and ends Sept. 8 at Oak Flat on the Rogue River. Lunch then will be served at Cougar Lane Lodge, 4219 Agness Road; turn right when leaving Oak Flat onto Agness Road.

Volunteers are needed for this three-day event to run, walk or help out with camp setup, cleanup, cooking and other areas.

Youth can participate but need a designated adult committed to traveling and camping with the youth.
Camping sites, meals and runners’ support and refreshments are provided along the route. An orientation session will be held Sept. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Tribal Community Center in Siletz.

For more information, contact Buddy Lane, cultural education director, at 800-922-1399, ext. 1230, or 541-444-8230; or buddyl@ctsi.nsn.us

Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow approaching in Siletz – August 10, 11, 12

Bring Your Family to the Siletz Pow-Wow
Provided by Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Many different Tribal nations will be represented at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 10-12, 2012, in Siletz, Ore., held by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The public is invited to attend this family-friendly event, a tradition for the Siletz people and other American Indians.

All events, except the parade, take place at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds on Government Hill in Siletz.

“I would like to take the opportunity to invite the community to come and take in an array of indigenous culture that will be on display at our annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 10-12 up at Government Hill in Siletz. Come and be part of our annual celebration,” said Buddy Lane, Tribal cultural education director.

The celebration will start with the crowning of the 2012-2013 Siletz Royalty on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. All dance styles will enter the arena at 7 p.m. during the first Grand Entry. Dances in which the public can participate that are non-competitive will follow the Grand Entry.

A parade winds through downtown Siletz at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11. This hometown event includes Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, equestrian units, vintage cars and floats.

Pre-registration is available by accessing a registration form on the Tribe’s website – ctsi.nsn.us; picking one up at the Tribal administration building, 201 SE Swan Ave. in Siletz; or by contacting Lane at 541-444-8230 or 800-922-1399, ext. 1230.

Registration also is available the morning of the parade at 8 a.m. at the Tribal administration building. If you are not registered by 9 a.m., you cannot take part in the judging, which starts at 9 a.m. You can, however, still participate in the parade.

The parade is followed by a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Competition dancing for youth and teens takes place in the afternoon. Competition dancing continues after the 7 p.m. Grand Entry with Golden Age and adult categories and the finals for youth and teens.

On Aug. 12, the final day of the pow-wow, a Grand Entry takes place at noon. This session will end with awards for the Golden Age, adult, teen and youth category winners. Prizes range from $25 to $500.

A variety of food and Native arts and crafts and jewelry will be offered for sale by more than 60 vendors on the pow-wow grounds.

“We encourage everyone to come out and see the variety of vendors at our annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow. Many of the facets of indigenous America are represented at our annual event both in craft and food. We have a flavor sure to please every food connoisseur,” said Lane. “There is something for everyone here.”

A free shuttle will be available from various parking lots in Siletz to the pow-wow on Government Hill. Signs will be posted. Parking is extremely limited at the pow-wow grounds, which makes the shuttle the best way to get there.

This alcohol- and drug-free event is free. Listen carefully to the pow-wow announcer, who will tell you when you can and when you should not take photos. The announcer also will explain the significance of the events taking place in the dance arena throughout the pow-wow.

Pow-Wow Schedule

Aug. 10
6 p.m. – Royalty Crowning
7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Aug. 11
10 a.m. – Parade
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Aug. 12
Noon – Grand Entry

Siletz Food Pantry on the grow…needs volunteers!

Siletz Community Food Project needs volunteers

A new emergency food pantry is taking shape in Siletz. Food Share of Lincoln County welcomes Sara Hamilton (pictured left) as the Project Manager for The Siletz Community Food Project. Hamilton came to Lincoln County 11 years ago Illinois. She first worked as a fisheries observer, and most recently was employed by Oregon Coast Bank in Toledo. Hamilton says she is “depending upon the help of community volunteers to get the pantry space set up in the Siletz Valley Charter School,” with an anticipated opening date of Saturday, August 4th. In addition to managing the pantry, Hamilton will spend the next year expanding the Siletz Valley School gardens, developing educational programming for students, assisting in Cooking Matters classes, and coordinating other events.

The Siletz Community Food Project is overseen by a community Board of Directors, and currently is under the 501c3 non-profit sponsorship of Food Share of Lincoln County. Partners in the project include Food Share, the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, Ten Rivers Food Web, Siletz Valley Charter School and Siletz Gospel Tabernacle. The project is funded by a grant from the ConAgra Foundation, with assistance from the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians and Oregon Food Bank.

The Siletz Food Pantry and Community Food Project Open House and barbecue is THIS Saturday, July 28th, from 2 pm – 4 pm. The event, taking place at the Siletz Valley School, will feature a free tuna and oyster barbecue lunch and — for cash or food donations — those present can receive raffle tickets to win great prizes, like 2 Sea Life cruise tickets from Marine Discovery Tours and a gift certificate from Toledo Feed and Seed.

The pantry space will be open for tours. The pantry, which opens August 4th to serve those in need of emergency food assistance in Siletz and Logsden, is still looking for volunteers to help with the pantry and gardens. There will be a New Volunteers’ Orientation earlier Saturday morning, at 10 am. For more information or to sign up for the Orientation, contact Project Manager Sara Hamilton at 541-270-4993. To assist in the project, either as a one time volunteer, a regular helper in the pantry, or by donating food or funds, contact Hamilton at 541-270-4993. Financial donations, which are tax-deductible, can be sent to The Siletz Food Pantry, c/o Food Share of Lincoln County, 535 NE First Street, Newport, OR 97365.

Food Share of Lincoln County is a regional food bank, part of the Oregon Food Bank network, which supplies donated and USDA commodity foods to affiliated emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, and other assistance agencies in Lincoln County. For information, call Food Share at 541-265-8578 or go to our website at http://www.foodsharelincolncounty.org/ Food Share also has a Facebook presence at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Food-Share-of-Lincoln-County/

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