Arthur S. Bensell Papers, 1949-1987  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Bensell, Arthur S.
Title
Arthur S. Bensell Papers
Dates
1949-1987 (inclusive)
1975-1983 (bulk)
Quantity
1.1 cubic feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
OrSlTCC Bensell, Arthur
Summary
The collection contains materials pertaining to Arthur Bensell's involvement in the Commission on Indian Services and Siletz Tribal Council.
Repository
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, Tribal Cultural Collections
402 Park Way P.O. Box 549
Siletz, OR
97380
Telephone: 541-444-2450
rkentta@ctsi.nsn.us
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
Collection materials are in English.
Sponsor
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

Preferred Citation

Arthur S. Bensell Papers, Siletz Tribal Cultural Collections, Siletz, Oregon.

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/2
Minutes and Agendas
1956-1984
1/3
Resolutions
1982-1983
1/4
Correspondence
1980-1983

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/5
Block Grant and Housing Improvement Programs
1979-1983
1/6
Government Hill Development
1981-1983
1/7
Reservation Implementation Program
1981-1983

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/8
Timber Management
1973-1983
1/9
Fish and Wildlife Management
1980-1982

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Claims Case Decisions
1949
2/1-2
Siletz Restoration and Reservation
1976-1980
2/2
Additional Bills and Acts
1981-1984

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/3
Commission on Indian Services
1978-1982
2/4
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
1980-1983
2/5
Indian Child Welfare Programs
1978-1983
2/6
Siletz Enrollment
1956-1982
2/7
Iron Mountain Claims and Real Estate Appraisals
1983
2/8
Siletz Constitution and Manuals
1978-1983
3/1-3
Additional Materials
1978-1987

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 :
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Newspaper clippings