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Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Vol. 50, No. 9
Confederated Tribes of
P.O. Box 549
Siletz, OR 97380-0549
Paid - Permit
Tribal offices reopen Sept. 1 with many COVID safety protocols still in place
The Siletz Tribal Council approved a
public access framework on July 15, 2022,
with an effective date of Sept. 1, 2022.
The public access framework outlines
steps the administration and programs
will implement to reduce the risk of
While we open our doors to the pub-
lic, we also prioritize the safety of our
staff, Tribal members and clients. Some
highlights of the plan include:
Public access to administration build-
ings – appointments are preferred. If
a member of the public arrives as a
“walk-in” staff will accommodate as
soon as possible. Masks are required
for staff and visitors.
Public events – outdoor events to
resume. Indoor events require social
distancing and safety protocols pub-
lished and in place.
Siletz Dance House – open for use
with request and prior approval.
Masks are required.
Siletz Tribal Community Center –
open for public events and use under
the rental request. Masks are required.
Siletz Community Health Clinic –
open, masks are required.
Transportation services – resuming
full transportation services. Masks are
required for driver and client.
Tribal/program services – online
options preferred for services and
meetings; hybrid options also avail-
Playgrounds open without restrictions.
While Tribal offices are open to the
public, we remain vigilant of current
COVID-19 case counts, variants and
their impacts on the local community. To
address the likelihood that COVID-19 will
be in our communities for a long period
of time, Tribal Council also approved
the latest exposure guidelines for Tribal
employees and cleaning protocols that
take effect immediately. Should an out-
break occur, access to Tribal facilities is
subject to change at any time and without
For more information, call 541-444-
For more information about the clinic,
For more information about COVID
vaccines, tests and resources, call the
Tribe’s COVID line at 541-444-9636.
Photo by Diane Rodriquez
Whipwoman Shirley Walker (center)
passes the whip that once belonged
to Pauline Ricks to new whipwoman
Sonya Moody-Jurado prior to the start
of the 2022 Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow.
Tribal Council Vice Chair Bud Lane
(left) hangs onto the Pendleton blan-
ket he and Tribal Chairman Delores
Pigsley presented to Walker for her
years of service to the Tribe. Moody-
Jurado is the education specialist in
the Tribe’s Salem Area Office.
Siletz Tribal offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of the national Labor Day holiday and
Friday, Sept. 9, in observance of the Tribal All-Treaty Day holiday.
Siletz Tribal curriculum ready for Oregon teachers, available for all on website
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz
Indians is proud to release the Tribe’s
first set of Tribally developed K-12 cur-
riculum for use in Oregon schools during
this school year.
The curriculum includes lessons
for students in grades K-1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8,
10 and 11, and covers an array of topics
related to Tribal history, culture, science
and governance. Together, the lessons are
designed to expose students to the many
different Tribes and bands that make up
the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, peoples
who occupied all of western Oregon and
parts of Northern California and South-
west Washington before being forcibly
removed to the Siletz Reservation begin-
ning in the mid-1850s.
“We are so excited to be able share
a more complete version of our region’s
history,” said Alissa Lane-Keene, Programs
II manager for the Siletz Tribe. “We hope
that these lessons will help the coming
generations of Oregonians appreciate the
resilience and persistence of the Siletz
Tribe and our ongoing connection with
our Tribal homelands and traditions.”
Although the lessons were designed
for classroom use, Tribal staff hopes the
curriculum can be a resource for Tribal
members and the general public of all ages.
To create the lessons, Tribal staff
brought together information from many
different sources in order to give learners
the opportunity to engage with historic
documents, published scholarship and
Tribal oral histories, some of which can
be difficult to access.
The lessons are designed to connect
students to Tribal perspectives on urgent
issues Oregonians confront today as stew-
ards of our environment, offering culturally
responsive lessons on math and science
alongside history and social studies.
The Siletz Tribal Curriculum is part
of a larger effort to reshape the way that
See Curriculum on page 4