Rodney A. Butler serves as Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council as of January 1, 2010. Mr. Butler has served on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council since January, 2004. In January, 2005, Mr. Butler was elected Treasurer of Tribal Council. During his tenure on Tribal Council, Mr. Butler served as chairman for the Tribe's Housing and Judicial Committees, and chairman for the Finance Committee during his tenure as Tribal Council Treasurer. Raised in Montville, Connecticut, Councilor Butler graduated from Montville High School and from the University of Connecticut with a degree in finance. While at the university, he played Defensive Back for the Huskies' football team. Chairman Butler is a former financial analyst at the Tribal Nation's Foxwoods Resort Casino. He later became Chairman of the Tribal Business Advisory Board, a position he held before his election to Council. The Tribal Business Advisory Board oversees the portfolio of non-gaming assets owned by the MPTN. Mr. Butler was actively involved in the resort expansion at Foxwoods, as well as the Phase VII housing development on the Reservation, and presently is focused to ensure long-term stability for the tribal government and its enterprises.
Mr. Butler is the founding Trustee of the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribe Endowment Trust. Mr. Butler is currently Co-Chair for the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, serves on the Board of Trustees for Roger Williams University, is a Director on the Board of the Mystic Aquarium, and a Board Member for the Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.
Fatima Dames is the Vice Chairwoman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. Ms. Dames is serving her second consecutive term on Tribal Council, and had previously served on Tribal Council for one term, which began in January 2001. Ms. Dames also previously served as Tribal Council Vice Chairwoman from January 2012 to December 2014. A committed representative for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Ms. Dames is an Alternate Delegate on behalf of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and was appointed as Alternate Vice President for NCAI’s Northeast Caucus. She also serves on the Board of Directors for United South and Eastern Tribes (USET). Ms. Dames holds a Master of Arts Degree in American Indian Studies with a concentration in Federal Indian Law from the University of Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies, and a Paralegal Certificate from the Center for Legal Studies. Ms. Dames is the Chairwoman for the Tribe’s Administrative Support and Education Committees, and previously chaired the Economic Development, Judicial, and Natural Resource Protection Committees. Prior to serving on Tribal Council, Ms. Dames worked for the Tribal Council as a Special Assistant, with a focus on Legal Affairs; and served as a member of the Tribe’s Education and Judicial Committees, Peacemakers Council, Constitution Review Team, and Election Team. She is a strong advocate for Civil Rights, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Marjorie Colebut Jackson is the Secretary of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. Ms. Colebut Jackson has served on the Tribal Council since January 1, 2005, and has served as Tribal Council Secretary since January 2010. She is the Chairwoman for the Tribe's Health and Human Services (HHS) and Judicial Standing Committees. As Chair of the HHS Committee she works to promote the Tribal Nation Strategic Objective # 1 that states that “Families within the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Community will live healthier, longer lives.”
Marjorie was appointed to serve as MPTN’s representative on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Government-to-Government (G2G) Consultation Team to work with tribes to develop a Department-wide Tribal Consultation Policy in accordance with Interior’s Action Plan. The Team worked to draft the DOI-wide Tribal Consultation Policy. Only two officials were appointed to represent the Eastern region. Brian Patterson, the President of USET and Marjorie represented the East Coast Tribes.
In addition to her committee work, Ms. Colebut-Jackson has dedicated herself to the following initiatives:
- Promoting Tribe's culture through recognition of Eastern Woodland song and Dance with the introduction of the Basket Dance.
- Advancement of integration Healthcare initiatives
- Promoting internal communication among various Healthcare related departments to meet the Healthcare needs of our Tribal Community
- Sustainability for the Tribe's Mission Statement
- Improvement of Tribal Communications through the initial creation of Pequot at Home private website
- Facilitation of the Tribe's Unity Campaign through the development and completion of a Tribal Book name KISWAS
- Supporting the Tribe's Council for the Advancement of Youth through the development of CAYA
Ms. Colebut-Jackson's previous community involvement included serving as chairwoman for the Tribe's Pequot Pharmaceutical Network board of directors, followed by her appointment as President of Pequot Pharmaceutical Network. As President she was responsible for the oversight of tribal community and employee health care and management of the Tribe's pharmaceutical business. She was also formerly a Board Member on the Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corporation (EHDOC) board of directors and Futures for Children. Marjorie is presently a Board Member for the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity and is a corporator of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
Jean M. Swift is the Treasurer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, and her first term began October 24, 2013. She is now serving a three-year term through December 31, 2018. She was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a Business Honor Society at the University of Connecticut where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and later earned her MBA in 2002 from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois, graduating with Honors. Jean is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut, and a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor.
Jean began her career working as an auditor for Coopers and Lybrand in Hartford, CT. After earning her C.P.A., she entered the Management Development Program with the Dexter Corporation in Windsor Locks, CT. Jean served as a Financial Advisor to Tribal Council, where she led a team of managers and consultants to bring credit union services to Tribal government and Foxwoods’ employees. After moving to Chicago, Illinois, Jean worked as the Assistant Controller for the Moody Bible Institute. She later became a liaison for then – Chairman Kenny Reels for the Native American Bank. Prior to her election to Tribal Council, Jean served as Executive Assistant to Chairman Rodney Butler. She led a Wellness Initiative-organizing special teams and facilitating workshops to assist Tribal Members through significant financial transitions.
Jean has provided financial counseling services to many Tribal Members over the years. Currently she hosts quarterly Financial Wellness Talks with the Tribal Elders Council covering such topics as Social Security, Estate Planning, Personal Budgeting and Insurance. She serves on the Board of Directors and as the Supervisory Committee Chair at the Connecticut Community Credit Union. As the Treasurer, Swift currently serves as Chair to the Tribe’s Finance and Housing Committees and on the Tribe’s Endowment Board of Directors as the Vice Chair. She resides in Preston, CT. Jean and her husband, Wade, are co-owners of Swift Innovations, LLC of Mystic, CT, a custom metal fabrication business.
Roy Colebut-Ingram is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. A Tribal Councilor since January 1, 2012, Councilor Colebut-Ingram is currently serving in his second term of office. Councilor Colebut-Ingram is a graduate of Mitchell College in New London, CT. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with concentrations in Professional Studies and Marketing. Prior to Tribal Council, he was employed at Foxwoods Resort Casino, having worked his way up from Disc Jockey for the BB King Nite & Dance Clubs to Foxwoods’ Executive Director of Advertising. As Chairman of the Tribe’s Parks & Recreation Committee, Councilor Colebut-Ingram leads the Committee in evaluating policies, procedures, and programs to ensure their overall effectiveness. Likewise, the Committee’s fundraising efforts strive to maximize best uses of recreational facilities and programs, while ensuring fiscal responsibility. As Chairman of the Tribe’s Public Safety Committee, Councilor Colebut-Ingram was responsible for the development and execution of several key initiatives: a community-inclusive interview process for selecting a new Police Chief; new pedestrian safety statues; revisions to the Tribe’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Annex, and spearheading the transition for Tribal Police Officers to exercise primary responsibility for law enforcement at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Richard E Sebastian is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. Councilor Sebastian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and an Associate’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Tribal Government from the University of New Haven. Mr. Sebastian previously served as Tribal Councilor (1989-1992, 2003-2008), and Vice Chairman of the Tribal Council (2009-2011). Councilor Sebastian serves as Chairman of the Economic Development and Community Planning Committees, and previously served as Chairman of the Public Safety, Parks and Recreation, Economic Development and Administrative Support Committees throughout his Tribal Council tenure.
As Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Councilor Sebastian was instrumental in the Pequot Outpost Energy Center development on the reservation, and the Dunkin Donuts franchise at Foxwoods; owned by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Members. Councilor Sebastian also spearheaded a home ownership program for the Tribe’s Phase VII housing development on the reservation, in connection with Fannie Mae Corporation. He also co-founded the Tribe’s annual Drive for Diabetes Golf Tournament, and serves as its co-chairman. Prior to Tribal Council, Mr. Sebastian’s community contributions and employment included the positions of Gaming Inspector, Security Director, Tribal Police officer, along with Vice Chairman of the Athletic Commission. He also served as Executive staff to a former Tribal Councilor and former Tribal Council Chairman. Councilor Sebastian remains committed to developing Tribal Members for leadership positions within the Tribe’s enterprises, and equipping them with self-sufficiency and wealth management tools through apprenticeships and programs designed to enhance investment, professional, technical trade and entrepreneurial skills.
Daniel Menihan, Jr. is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, serving his first three-year term as of January 1, 2016. Councilor Menihan is the Chairman of the Tribe’s Natural Resources Protection and Historical and Cultural Preservation Committees. The first of his generation to serve on Tribal Council and also raised on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, Councilor Menihan has a history of committed service to his community. He has worked in the Mashantucket community since the age of 13, starting with the Tribe’s Summer Youth Program. At age 15, he served on the Tribe’s Teen Council as a co-spokesperson bringing the concerns and ideas of Tribal Youth forward to the Tribal Council. At age 17, Menihan founded and served as a co-spokesperson for The Rising Spirits; an action group that focused on community and governmental issues and sought to build relationships between the Teen and Tribal Councils. Adding to his leadership experience, Councilor Menihan became the founder, facilitator and spokesperson for the North East Woodland Alliance (N.E.W. Alliance). Prior to the position of Tribal Councilor, he was employed at Foxwoods Resort Casino as a Bus Marketing Associate and was soon promoted to Assistant Director of Bus Marketing. In February of 2015, Councilor Menihan received Foxwoods’ Spirit Award in recognition of his exemplary work standards. In his pastime, Daniel enjoys the art of native craft and regalia making, drumming, and participating in cultural education activities.