Arthur S. Bensell Papers, 1949-1987 PDF
- Bensell, Arthur S.
- Arthur S. Bensell Papers
- 1949-1987 (inclusive)19491987
- 1.1 cubic feet, (3 boxes)
- Collection Number
- OrSlTCC Bensell, Arthur
- The collection contains materials pertaining to Arthur Bensell's involvement in the Commission on Indian Services and Siletz Tribal Council.
- Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, Tribal Cultural Collections
402 Park Way P.O. Box 549
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Collection materials are in English.
- Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant rewarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Arthur S. Bensell was born on April 23, 1909 in Siletz, Oregon. Throughout high school, Bensell was recognized for his athletic ability and was selected for the Oregon All-State Football Team in 1928. He received a football scholarship to Ohio State but soon transferred to Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio where he graduated in 1934. Bensell worked as a school teacher and administrator for 20 years in Bureau of Indian Affairs schools in Ohio, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Alaska.
1974. With the reorganization of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in 1973, Bensell became involved in the movement for restoration of Siletz tribal status. Bensell served as the Tribal Council Chairman from 1975-1980, directing the development of the Siletz Reservation and housing improvement programs.
In 1978, Bensell became the first Native American to receive the University of Oregon Distinguished Service Award for his efforts to restore federal recognition and support for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. On March 28, 1987, Arthur Bensell was inducted into the Native American Athletic Hall of Fame. Bensell remained a member of the Siletz Tribal Council from 1975 until his death on May 11, 1988 in Siletz.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection contains materials gathered during Bensell's years as a member and Chairman of the Siletz Tribal Council. Collection focuses include the development of Government Hill, restoration of Siletz tribal status, and regulation of timber and natural resources. Materials associated with affiliated organizations, including the Commission on Indian Services and Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, are included.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I: Tribal Council, 1956-1984Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 1/2-4
Series 1 contains minutes, resolutions, and correspondence produced by the Siletz Tribal Council. Focuses include tribal enrollment, Indian Child Welfare Program, and timber resource management.
Minutes and Agendas
Series II: Housing and Reservation Development, 1979-1983Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 1/5-7
Series 2 includes applications and correspondence regarding housing improvement programs and development of the Siletz Reservation.
Block Grant and Housing Improvement Programs
Government Hill Development
Reservation Implementation Program
Series III: Natural Resources, 1973-1983Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 1/8-9
Series 3 contains materials focusing on timber management and fishing rights.
Fish and Wildlife Management
Series IV: Education, 1975-1984Return to Top
Series 4 contains materials regarding Native American education including fellowships and reviews of the treatment of Native American history and culture in Oregon history textbooks.
Series V: Health Services, 1980-1983Return to Top
Series 5 contains materials regarding health care and programs, including a 1981 draft of the Siletz Tribal Health Plan and an agreement between the Indian Health Service and Confederated Tribes of Siletz regarding the installation of sanitation facilities on the Siletz Reservation.
Series VI: Legislation, 1949-1980Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/1-2
Series 6 focuses on the restoration of federal recognition and support for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the establishment of the Siletz Reservation.
Claims Case Decisions
Siletz Restoration and Reservation
Additional Bills and Acts
Series VII: Northwest and Siletz Tribal Affairs, 1956-1987Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/3-8, 3/1-3
Series 7 contains materials pertaining to Pacific Northwest Native American tribes including Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians resolutions and Commission on Indian Services annual report. Materials focusing on the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians include the Siletz constitution, tribal enrollment, and real estate appraisals.
Commission on Indian Services
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Indian Child Welfare Programs
Iron Mountain Claims and Real Estate Appraisals
Siletz Constitution and Manuals
Series VIII: Newspaper Articles, 1975-1980Return to Top
Series 8 contains newspaper articles that focus on the restoration of federal recognition and support for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, establishment of the Siletz Reservation, and transfer of Government Hill to the CTSI.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Block grants--Oregon
- Indians of North America--Education--Oregon
- Lumber industry--Oregon, Western
- Siletz Indians--Legal status, laws, etc.
- Geographical Names :
- Siletz Indian Reservation (Or.)--History
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Newspaper clippings