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After nearly two and a half years of COVID, Confederated Tribes of Siletz re-open their tribal offices

Logo of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

While many businesses, offices, and public places across Oregon have been open for months now, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians has just ended its pandemic closure today and reopened their offices.

Tribal chairwoman Delores Pigsley told KLCC that leaders have been mindful of the health and well-being of members through the COVID pandemic, since it came to Oregon in early 2020.

“We’ve been doing business by appointment only, and providing services…trying to provide them by phone and by appointment only, but we will be back to our normal - whatever our new ‘normal’ is -state of affairs.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Native Americans and other people of color across the U.S.

Last month, the Siletz held their annual pow-wow after two consecutive cancellations due to the pandemic.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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