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Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Vol. 50, No. 11
to Siletz as new
We welcome Miranda Williams as the
new Siletz Tribal health director. Miranda
is a member of the Confederated Tribes
of Siletz Indians. She honors the impor-
tance of introductions to respect our Tribal
elders and understands how introductions
bring kinship to one another and family
connections to the community.
Her parents are Nora Williams-Wood
and Kent Strickler. On Miranda’s maternal
side, her late grandmother, a Grand Ronde
Tribal member, is Carol Williams and late
grandfather, a Siletz Tribal member, is
Eugene Williams, Sr.
On her paternal side, her grandmother
is Siletz Tribal member Charolette Noble
and her late grandfather is Darrell Strickler.
She has five children (three sons and two
daughters), all enrolled Siletz Tribal mem-
bers who are Navajo on their paternal side.
Miranda proudly served as the com-
munty health advocate at the Siletz Tribal
Eugene Area Office before moving to Ari-
zona to continue her college education in
2003. She received a bachelor’s degree in
science in nutrition (focus: dietetics) from
Arizona State University and obtained a
master of public health (focus: manage-
ment of health systems) from the Univer-
ity of Liverpool in partnership with the
University of California, San Francisco.
In 2018, she completed a two-year
HEAL (Health, Equity, Action, Leader-
ship) Fellowship with the University
of California, Berkeley/San Francisco.
Through this fellowship, she received
advanced training and experience in
global health care systems by applying
principles of equity, justice and solidarity
to understand achievement of health in
vulnerable populations globally.
Prior to returning home to Siletz,
Miranda was the supervisory public health
advisor for the Navajo Nation at the Navajo
Area Indian Health Service, Chinle Service
Unit, for the past 11+ years. She was respon-
sible for coordinating diabetes prevention,
management and treatment services and
care across three health care facilities with
a total user population of more than 35,000
people from 31 communities.
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Tribe invites community to annual Restoration Pow-Wow
The public is invited to join the
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians on
Saturday, Nov. 19, as it holds its annual
Restoration Pow-Wow at Chinook Winds
Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Ore., for
the first time since 2019.
This free event, canceled the last two
years because of the COVID-19 pandemic,
begins with a grand entry at 6 p.m. Ameri-
can Indian vendors with jewelry, beadwork
and other items for sale will be available
througout the day.
This is the 45 th year that the Siletz
Tribe has celebrated the signing of Public
Law 95-195, which re-established govern-
ment-to-government relations between the
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and
the federal government. The Siletz Tribe
was terminated from federal recognition
in August 1954.
In the late 1960s, it became apparent
that the only way to preserve and revitalize
Siletz Tribal sovereignty, community and
culture was for the Siletz Tribe to regain
its status as a Tribe recognized by the
In November 1977, after years of
intense lobbying, Congress and Presi-
dent 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 5,600 members, the
Tribe puts strong emphasis on the educa-
tion, health and social well-being of all
Significant Tribal accomplishments
since Restoration include opening the
original health clinic in 1991 and a new
much larger clinic in 2010; building more
than 150 homes and multiple dwellings
for Tribal members, including 28 units at
Neachesna Village in Lincoln City that
have opened since 2009, 19 apartments in
Siletz that opened in 2010 and 20 homes
in the Tillamook subdivision in Siletz that
have opened since 2013; and 10 Work-
force Housing townhouses in Lincoln
City that opened in 2021; completing the
Siletz Dance House in 1996; opening the
Tenas Illahee Child Care Center in 2003;
opening the Tillicum Fitness Center and
a new USDA food distribution warehouse
in Siletz in 2008; and opening the Siletz
Rec Center in 2009.
Through its economic development
division, the Siletz Tribal Business Cor-
poration, the Tribe purchased the Lincoln
Shores office complex in Lincoln City in
2001 and opened the Siletz Gas & Mini-
Mart in Siletz in 2004, the Logan Road
RV Park in Lincoln City in 2004 and the
Hee Hee Illahee RV Resort in Salem in
2006. Tribal offices in Portland, Salem
See Restoration on page 10
See Williams on page 12
Siletz Tribal offices
will be closed:
Photo by Andrea Taylor
Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans
Friday, Nov. 18, for the Tribal
Community members admire the basket display at the new STAHS Gift Shop and Museum in Siletz, Ore., on Oct. 10.
The building was open for Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate Tribal heritage and bring attention to the completion of
fundraising to build the new Tribal museum on Government Hill. Drawings and a raffle took place throughout the day and
those attending indulged in fry bread to their heart’s content.
Thursday and Friday, Nov.
24-25, for Thanksgiving
The Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society completed its $2.5 million capital campaign earlier this year for the construc-
tion of Ghii Dee-Ne Dvn, A Place for the People.