Grant Writing Workshop

On December 5, 2019 STAHS Chairman Gloria Ingle and Board if Director Celesta Lee attended a grant writing workshop offered by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Diane Lai, Philanthropic Specialist for Oregon Community Foundation, Gloria Ingle and Celesta Lee.

OCF is where the David Hatch Endowment is held. As STAHS gets closer to our initial goal of $2.5 million we will be able to secure grant funding for the operation of the Siletz Cultural Center with the museum component.

Almost time!

Three more sleeps and it is time for the Indian Fair & Marketplace! On Saturday, November 23rd from 9AM to 3pm at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City, Oregon the Siletz Tribal Arts & Heritage Society will be on hand with our merchandise; sweatshirts, tumblers, cookbooks and the Siletz Tribal history book. There will be over two dozen other vendors; some with informational displays and others with merchandise for sale. Come by while you are out & about for your holiday shopping or on your trip to where it is Better at the Beach!

Traditional Plank House
This is a miniature replica of a traditional Plank House, a typical structure made of cedar used as a home by many tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Stop in at the Indian Fair & Marketplace in the Convention Center upstairs to learn more about the Siletz Tribe.

2019 Indian Fair & Marketplace set for November 23rd

The Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society is proud to present the 2019 Siletz Indian Fair & Marketplace on Saturday, November 23. Sponsored by the Siletz Tribal Arts & Heritage Society. The Indian Fair & Marketplace will be held at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. The public is invited to attend this free event from 9am-3pm.

The 2019 Indian Fair commemorates the 104th anniversary of the very first Indian Fair that was held in Siletz in 1915. It will be reminiscent of those earlier Indian Fairs as a time of sharing traditions, history and culture.

A wide array of items created by Native artists and crafts people will be on display including regalia, baskets and other art forms, both historic and contemporary. Native vendors will have items for sale just in time for Christmas shopping!

You are invited to join in this educational celebration of the rich culture and history of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

The Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society (STAHS), a non-profit organization, was formed in 2011 with the mission to support and promote the practice, conservation and restoration of the tribal cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.

For more details, visit our website: , find us on Facebook at Huu-Cha~ or contact Angela Ramirez at

Nesika Illahee Pow Wow

We have had a great weekend at the Siletz Nesika Illahee Pow Wow! We have sold lots of sweatshirts and have a few left! If we are out of your size, no worries, we will be getting more in and are taking orders now. Stop by the booth today, 11AM – 3PM.

Raffle prizes included … two baskets with the STAHS Cookbook, “A Time to Wail” by Grace Elting Castle, Smoke Signals DVD, and some other great items. A beautiful skirt and necklace created by Cynthia Farlow. Plus a couple canvas prints that highlight images from our postcards.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and friend to the Siletz Tribe attended the pow wow on Friday night. STAHS Board Chairman Gloria Ingle and Siletz Tribal Vice Chairman Alfred “Bud” Lane III explain the logo on the back of the STAHS sweatshirt the board gifted to the Governor
Deeni Rilatos, Siletz Tribal Member, was so happy to meet Oregon Governor Kate Brown. This photo truly depicts the theme “Siletz Youth – Our Future” that was for the parade that would happen the following day!
A popular patch, limited supply. Stop by the table today, 8/11/2019, to pick one up, only $5!
We have sold out of “The People Are Dancing Again” by Charles Wilkinson and will be getting more very soon, let us know if you still need to get your copy.
Limited quantity of the first edition cookbooks are still available. Get your copy right away, makes a wonderful gift – has recipes from many Tribal members. The gift basket is part of the raffle drawing held at 2PM Sunday 8/11/2019.
A beautiful ribbon skirt created by Cynthia Farlow (STAHS Board Director) to donate to the raffle that goes directly to the Capital Campaign Fund to build the museum & cultural center. This is Cynthia’s way to acknowledge Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. #MMIW
Grace Elting Castle (STAHS Board Director) was at the booth on Saturday to visit with people and to sell & sign her book “A Time To Wail.” Grace donated $5.00 from every book sale to the Capital Fund. Thank you Grace!
Angela Ramirez (left, STAHS Board Treasurer) and Shawna Gray (right, STAHS Board Secretary) all ready for the parade for the Nesika Illahee Pow Wow, lots of candy and STAHS information to hand out. Thank you to the kids and Tribal members that walked with our float.
Thank you to Cristian Ramirez for loaning STAHS his truck to use as the float for the parade.
STAHS float, Siletz Youth – Our Future
Volunteers Kent Rilatos & Ashliegh Ramirez taking a break & doing some weaving. Kent did a demonstration of bear grass braiding – after several years of looking for an instructor; Ashliegh learned how to do the braid! Happy weaving Ashliegh! Thank you both for all of your hard work this weekend volunteering for STAHS.
Thank you to volunteer Elaine Smith for helping STAHS this weekend!
Raffle winner!
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Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund

The Board of Directors applied for funds from the Siletz Charitable Contribution Funds for the Dave Hatch Memorial Endowment and capital building campaign. STAHS was awarded $30,000 and the Board is elated with the continued support from the Siletz Tribe and the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.
Teresa Simmons, STAHS Vice Chairman and Kurt Arden, STCCF Board Member (and Tribal member) at the quarterly awards distribution.

The Board’s upcoming fundraiser is the pre-sale of black & white sweatshirts that will go towards supporting the capital building campaign. More information will be coming!

Honoring Roger Robertson

Lincoln City Community Days Awards Banquet, April 27, 2019

This is the third year for the Siletz Arts and Heritage Society to present the STAHS Award to a person who has taken measures to promote, celebrate and share the unique qualities, history and culture of indigenous peoples of this continent.

This year’s recipient, Roger Robertson, has been a champion for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians for many years, over the air waves, at meetings, in promoting many Tribal events, and promoting good will on behalf of the indigenous people of the area. From the opening of the casino in 1995 to the present day, he has helped to celebrate the many contributions of the Siletz Tribe.

2018 Annual Report

Personal baby baskets on display at the Siletz Indian Fair held in May 2018 at the Siletz Community Center.

In 2018, the STAHS Board completed the shovel ready architectural plans for the Siletz Cultural Center & Museum to 90% (the 10% will be completed once all funds are raised to break ground), settled upon the name “Dee-Ne Dvn (The People’s Place)” which has been listed on the plans and part of the discussion over the last decade in the plans to bring the Museum to reality. The museum will be a place for the people, the Tribal membership to have a place to call their own to not only visit the artifacts, have a place to loan their personal artifacts but also to continue the art and heritage of our people.

In 2019, the Board will be aggressively working on the capital building campaign.

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report…

The all-volunteer STAHS Board of Directors (Board) made real progress toward their primary goal to build the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center on Government Hill in Siletz.

The Siletz Tribal Cultural Center will be a 20,000 square foot three story building constructed on top of Government Hill adjacent to the Community Center and across the street from the Veterans Memorial.

The scale of the Cultural Center will match the scale of the Community Center. The day-lighted basement will house the repository and archives. The main floor will include museum/visitor space and a replica of the cedar plank dance house down by the Siletz River. The dance house space will be the first spot tour visitors will see. The attic space will include a classroom and research space.

We have now reached Phase II of the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center. Phase I was the design and construction of the future studio space cultural classes built to serve the immediate need for a “repository” to store cultural collections and archives until the Cultural Center is built.

Gloria Ingle, Chair for STAHS – – – 2017 Annual Report

2016 Highlights

STAHS board members attended meetings with AKANA and CTSI staff to review architectural design progress of the Cultural Center throughout the year.

Early in 2016 an application was prepared and submitted requesting $200,000 in EPR funds as seed money for the capitol fund for the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center. The geological work holdup was resolved and core samples from the hill were analyzed to determine the foundation design of the future Cultural Center.

In March, the geo-technical investigation was completed and the board reviewed the building design and work schedule. Planning for the May “Past is Present” event was in full swing. Jerome Viles accepted the Board position as Secretary.

CTSI approved the request for $200,000 in EPR funds to be designated as seed money for the capitol fund for the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center in April. $25,000 was also awarded on April 22nd to STAHS from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund for the capital fund dedicated for the construction of the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center.

On May 21st The STAHS board presented “The Past is Present” at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Several interaction events were part of the presentation, including the opportunity to listen to historic tapes of elders such as Francis Johnson, speaking Takelma language, current photos of Tribal Elders taken along with oral history recordings and basket weaving demonstrations by current accomplished Siletz basket weavers. In May, the STAHS Board presented a review to the Tribal Council of the progress being made toward the building of the Cultural Center.

Sophie Kaady joined the board in June and took on the Treasurer position.

A display showing the architectural sketches of the proposed Cultural Center and the scale model was set up at the Nesika Illahee Pow Wow in August and STAHS also had a float in the Parade.

With the passing of Dave Hatch in September, the meeting for that month was cancelled and the Board waited until October 29th to meet. At that meeting, Shawna Gray joined the Board. Josh Eddings and Gloria Ingle became Co-Chairs for STAHS. Action was taken to establish the Dave Russell Hatch Memorial Endowment for the Siletz Cultural Center curator position. Future marketing and advertising of the Cultural Center was discussed.

STAHS contributed items to the Elders Restoration Pow Wow raffle in November.

In December STAHS participated in the Festival of Trees at Chinook Winds Casino – a charity event that gives STAHS exposure to the North Lincoln County community and community leaders. Shawna Gray created a wreath on behalf of the Board that was donated and in turn it raised $300 toward the charity and was voted the best on display with a people’s choice award. AKANA completed 3D models of the Cultural Center. The STAHS Board began work with the Oregon Community Foundation to create an endowment for the cultural center curator position.

2016 Annual Report