Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Contact

Siletz River surrounded by evergreen trees
The Siletz River at Siletz. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Address: 201 Swan Ave SE, PO Box 549, Siletz 97380
Phone: 541-444-2532

About

Restoration Date: November 18, 1977
Number of Members: 5,080
Land Base Acreage: 15,265 acres
Reservation Land: 4,010 acres 
Number of people employed by the Tribes: 1,121

Economy

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (CTSI) own and operate the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. The Siletz Tribal Business Corporation manages several businesses, including Hee Hee Illahee RV Resort, Logan Road RV Park and Siletz Tribal Prints & Gifts. The tribe also owns and leases office space in Lincoln City, Eugene, Salem and Portland.

Points of Interest

Chinook Winds Casino and Resort, including ocean-front hotel, restaurants, arcade and childcare; 18-hole golf course in Lincoln City; Nesika Illahee Powwow each August; and the Tribes’ Restoration Powwow each November

History and Culture


Oregon map with black and white circles documenting location of the confederated tribes of Siletz Indians
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians is a diverse confederation of 27 Western Oregon, Northern California and Southern Washington bands. A 1.1 million-acre reservation was established by President Franklin Pierce on November 9, 1855, fulfilling the stipulations of eight treaties. Over time, reservation lands were taken away, and the CTSI were terminated as a tribe in 1954. In 1977, the CTSI was the second tribe in the nation to achieve restoration. In 1980, some reservation lands were re-established. In spite of mistreatment and displacement, the CTSI continues work to recover as much as possible of what was lost.
 
Since 1980, the tribe has increased its land base to 15,265 acres, which includes 14,666 acres of timberland and 599 acres for cultural preservation, housing, economic purposes, and wildlife habitat enhancement. About 58 percent (9,045 acres) of the land base is in Lincoln County. The tribe provides homes for nearly 192 members and their families and provides over 1,000 jobs.

Tribal Court

Tribal Chief Judge Calvin E. Gantenbein, PO Box 549, Siletz 97380; 541-444-8228

Tribal Council

Chairperson Delores Pigsley (2019), Vice-Chair Alfred “Bud” Lane III (2019), Treasurer Robert Kentta (2017), Secretary Sharon Edenfield (2018), Members: Lillie Butler (2019), Loraine Butler (2017), Reggie Butler, Sr. (2018), Dave Hatch (2018) and Gloria Ingle (2017)