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Breakthrough in police talks between Siletz Tribes and Toledo?

Toledo Police Department

City Manager Michelle Amberg says it appears that Toledo will be able to continue to provide basic police services to the Siletz area if a recent tentative agreement between Toledo and the tribes is agreed to.

The Siletz Tribes decided earlier this year that they could no longer afford to keep paying the same amount for police services due to recession-caused pressures on their tribal budgets. Toledo’s initial response was “but we have a contract!” Amberg said the tribes cutting their contribution in mid-course would cause damage to Toledo’s police force due to the nature of the partnership between Toledo and the tribes.

But after several negotiating sessions, Amberg says it appears that the tribe will reduce their cuts to a point where Toledo won’t have to lay-off two officers – it’ll be just one. Under the tentative agreement, Amberg told NewsLincolnCounty.com that patrol services in Siletz will be cut back from 120 hours a week to 80 – a thirty percent reduction. However, she added, “We’re still evaluating the situation.” She said she hopes to have a new deal with the tribes formalized very shortly.

Police services in the Siletz area have always been a difficult issue. Siletz is an official city, same as Newport or Toledo. However, its tax base is seen as insufficient to provide full city services. In the past, it has relied on the generosity of “others,” which has included the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, whose tribal headquarters are based in Siletz. Without that generosity Siletz would have to rely on standard rural-type Lincoln County Sheriff’s patrols which, by their nature, stretch sheriff’s deputies thin over wide geographical areas. However, as Sheriff Dennis Dotson said recently, any community can contract with the sheriff’s office for increased patrols if they provide sufficient funds to justify adding a deputy or two to their area. The city of Waldport contracts with the sheriff’s office for enhanced patrols.

Siletz Tribal Charities: And the winners are…

Siletz Tribe Surpasses $9 Million in Overall Giving
Total Includes $352,107 Distributed in early November

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $352,107.44 to 40 organizations on Nov. 4 as it continued its quarterly donations to non-profit organizations. The checks were presented at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Ore.

The Siletz Tribe is proud of its contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $7.1 million since its inception in 2001.

Overall, the Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $9.3 million through the charitable fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated nearly $2.3 million in cash and fund-raising items since it opened in 1995. The casino also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.

The next deadline to submit applications is Dec. 14, 2011. Eligibility for money from the charitable fund is limited to two categories:

Entities and activities located in the Siletz Tribe’s 11-county service area (Lincoln, Tillamook, Linn, Lane, Benton, Polk, Yamhill, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties) and Native American entities and activities located anywhere in the United States.

Applications and requirements can be obtained at www.ctsi.nsn.us/charitable-contribution-fund; from Kelley Ellis at 800-922-1399, ext. 1227, or 541-444-8227; or by mail at Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, P.O. Box 549, Siletz, OR 97380-0549. Applications can be submitted via e-mail at stccf@live.com.

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Siletz Tribe Council Meeting – Location Change!

The November 5th meeting of the Siletz Tribal Council has been changed to a new location.  It will be held at Chinook Winds, at the Golf Course Banquet Room, at 3245 Clubhouse Drive, Lincoln City.  Meeting date November 5th.  Meeting time is 1pm.

 

Posted by Natasha Kavanaugh, Public Information Assistant

Public invited to 34th Annual Restoration Pow-Wow

Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City

Story by Diane Rodriquez, Siletz Tribes

The public is invited to join the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians on Nov. 19 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. Siletz cultural displays and American Indian vendors – with jewelry, beadwork and other items for sale – will be available throughout the day.

This is the 34th 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. The Siletz Tribe was among the Tribes of Western Oregon that were terminated from federal recognition in August 1954.

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

In November 1977, after years of intense lobbying, 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 more than 4,800 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 and another eight units that opened earlier this year; completing the Siletz Dance House in 1996; opening the Tenas Illahee Childcare Center in 2003; and opening the Tillicum Fitness Center, a new gymnasium and a new USDA food distribution warehouse, all in Siletz, in 2008.

Through its economic development division, the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation, 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.

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 $9 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 Tribes Delores Ann Pigsley honored by Ecotrust in Portland

In the 10th annual Indigenous Leadership Award, Ecotrust honors exceptional Native leaders who are working throughout the region to improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions of their homelands and people. The 2011 Indigenous Leadership Awardee is a leader of the Siletz tribe, Delores Ann Pigsley, who will receive $25,000 gift to continue their work within their communities.

The Indigenous Leadership Award also recognizes four other outstanding leaders at celebration and all will be honored at a special dinner on November 2nd at the Portland Art Museum. The event coincides with the National Congress of American Indians National Convention, held this year in Portland. Ecotrust will present four honorees with $5,000. This prestigious and inspirational cultural event includes and a traditional fall feast of wild and tribal caught fall Chinook salmon, ceremony, and music in the company of honorees. For information about tickets and pricing, please visit www.ecotrust.org/ILA. All are welcome to attend.

The five leaders include:

Delores Ann Pigsley, member of the Siletz tribe in Oregon. Delores holds the record for the longest time a woman has served on a tribal council in the Northwest, serving 32 of the 34 years since the Siletz tribe won restoration in 1977. Twenty-six of those years she served as tribal chair. In that time, Delores has represented the best interests of her tribe with city, county, state, and federal officials, has testified before Congress in support of adequate funding for native programs, and has worked tirelessly for tribal sovereignty. She also is a strong advocate for developing tribal youth physically, mentally, and culturally to ensure the Siletz’ traditions continue to future generations. Delores was the youngest of eight children of Alfred and Maude Lane, she had four brothers and three sisters. Her father, brother and sister have served on the tribal council and also been in local politics. Delores married Don Pigsley, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, in 1962. They had three children: Timothy, Troy and Quanna. Timothy is employed at Chemawa Indian School, Quanna lives in Siletz and Troy, who worked for the Northwest Portland Indian Health Board passed away in 1998.


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Nesika Illahee Pow Wow Saturday. One more day to go!

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The annual Nesika Illahee Pow Wow continues on Sunday with a noon Grand Entry. Here’s what it looked like as the dance competition heated up right after the inter-tribal dance that kicked off the fun Saturday afternoon. The pow-wow was dedicated to the memory of former Oregon U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield who died last week following a long illness. Hatfield was remembered for helping to pass federal legislation that created reservation land for the Confederation of Siletz Tribes, and later the legal right to proceed with the creation of an Indian Casino in Lincoln City. Tribal Council Vice Chair Bud Lane told the gathering that Mark Hatfield will always be remembered as a great friend of the Siletz Tribes.

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