Siletz Tribe elects Council members

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The 2022 Siletz Tribal Council – Loraine Butler, Bonnie Petersen, Frank Aspria, Robert Kentta, Delores Pigsley, Selene Rilatos, Sharon Edenfield, Bud Lane and Angela Ramirez.

Alfred “Bud” Lane III, Delores Pigsley and Bonnie Petersen were elected to the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in elections held on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Lane, from Siletz, Ore., was re-elected with 417 votes; Pigsley, from Keizer, Ore., was re-elected with 395 votes; and Petersen, also from Siletz, was elected with 297 votes. Ten candidates ran for the three open positions and the three who received the most votes were elected.

These individuals will serve with Loraine Butler and Selene Rilatos, both from Siletz, and Robert Kentta from Logsden, Ore., whose terms expire in 2023; and Sharon Edenfield, Angela Ramirez and Frank Aspria, all from Siletz, whose terms expire in 2024. Term of office is three years for each position on the nine-member council.

Eight hundred thirty-one (831) 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 5,500 enrolled members.

The swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected council members was held on Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Tribal administration building in Siletz.