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Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund Grants

STCCF 2-15 group 088 webThe Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $118,113.84 to 45 organizations on Feb. 6 as it continued its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. The Siletz Tribe has made 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 $9.1 million since its inception in 2001.

Overall, the Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $11.5 million through the charitable fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $2.8 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 March 18, 2015. 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)
• Native American entities and activities located anywhere in the United States

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

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Siletz Tribal Elections

l to r: Reggie Butler Jr., Lillie Butler, Delores Pigsley, Robert Kentta, Sharon A. Edenfield, Alfred (Bud) Lane III, Gloria Ingle, David R. Hatch and Loraine Butler (courtesy photo)

l to r: Reggie Butler Jr., Lillie Butler, Delores Pigsley, Robert Kentta, Sharon A. Edenfield, Alfred (Bud) Lane III, Gloria Ingle, David R. Hatch and Loraine Butler (courtesy photo)

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 February 7th. 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 February 8th. 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. Continue reading

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Siletz Tribal Giving

STCCF group 075 webThe Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $89,834.98 to 36 organizations today as it continued its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. The Siletz Tribe has made 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 $9 million since its inception in 2001.

Overall, the Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $11.4 million through the charitable fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $2.8 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. 17, 2014. Continue reading

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Puppy Struck By Car Needs Medical Help

Siletz Valley Fire District received a phone call to the station for a public assist call at approximately noon today. The call was for a dog that had been hit by a vehicle on the 300 block of Egbert Ave. On arrival the 6 month old mix breed puppy was found to have a severe leg injury. The crew on scene consulted with a veterinarian office and spoke to a DVM about treatment to stabilize the injury until it could be seen at a clinic. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit assisted on scene and transported the puppy to get further medical treatment. Lincoln County Animal Shelter has a fund to assist families in need with emergent treatment for their pets. To donate; cash, checks and money orders can be mailed to Lincoln County Animal Shelter 510 NE Harney St. Newport, OR 97365.

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Midcoast Watershed Council Hires New Restoration Specialist

conrad gowellConrad Gowell and has been hired as the new Restoration Specialist for the MidCoast Watersheds Council. He said he is excited to begin helping to coordinate conservation efforts from Cascade Head to Heceta Head on the Central Oregon Coast. He said his goal for the next year is to initiate 4 to 6 restoration projects that will make a difference for the health of the watersheds and the communities. He will be working on product development and grant writing. This means he will be working with and reaching out to land owners, and working on conservation strategies.

Some of the projects that have recently been worked on include placing the woody debris on the Yaquina River. He some upcoming projects include a restoration project on Mill Creek on the Siletz, and restoration work on two creeks off the Alsea. He said they also have an ongoing program that helps to clear downed trees from roadways. They will then use those cleared logs for habitat for fish in the future. Gowell also works closely with the Siletz and Yaquina Watershed council’s and will be running their monthly meetings.

He will also help with the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council. He said the SDCWC is currently working on an invasive species removal plan on Crowley Creek. Gowell will also be working closely with the Siletz Tribe on some conservation projects on the Siletz. He said it is coordination and cooperation with other non-profits and programs and environmental groups that help to get these important restoration projects completed.

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Grants Will Help Siletz Youth

paada-PAADA, the Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse has sponsored youth leadership academies several times a year with Lincoln County students. The idea is to work with students to build problem solving and team building skills. During the Siletz Charter School participation in the leadership academy students identified substance use and abuse and behaviors in the school as areas of concern. Based on that, PAADA has been working with the students and adults at Siletz Charter to come up with a plan to overcome these issues. According to PAADA director Don McDonald they along with the school and the tribe applied for and received a youth in innovation grant for $95,000 through the department of education that will help with two student accountability programs.

One is the restorative justice program and the other will restore the community accountability board that the tribe had previously set up to help tribal youth. Mindy Baxter youth coordinator for PAADA  said that the community accountability board is a diversion program for tribal youth that get in trouble with law enforcement to hold them accountable. She said the restorative practices will work to have students take part in changing their behavior by working with adults and school personnel. This helps the students that have gotten in trouble to be held accountable and improve their behavior. This is something that has been shown successful nationwide and there is hope to get this type of program in each of the Lincoln County schools

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Death Investigation In Siletz Continues

sheriffs-tip-of-the-week-6-11-122On September 04, 2014 at about 8:30 AM, deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a deceased female at a residence in the 200 block of SE Bagley Street, Siletz. Deputies, assisted by a Toledo Police Department officer, discovered that Shannon Tolman, age 34 of Siletz, was deceased on the floor of the home.

Deputies began an investigation, but were not able to determine the cause and manner of her death. The time and circumstances of her death were unclear, which resulted in the response of the Lincoln County Major Crime Team. The investigation determined that there was no apparent foul play involved, but a toxicology and autopsy are still pending to help determine manner and cause of death.

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team, composed of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Police Department, the Lincoln City Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner.

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