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201 SE Swan Ave
PO Box 549
Siletz, OR 97380

Toll-Free:    (800) 922-1399 ext. 1258
Direct:         (541) 444-8258
Fax:             (541) 444-8296 

The Siletz Tribal Enrollment Department is responsible for maintaining an accurate tribal membership roll and processing requests that affect the tribal roll for final decision by the Siletz Tribal Council

  1. Have you recently moved? If so, update your address now; do not wait until “per capita time.” Review the Address Updates with Tribe section
  2. When did you last update your Death Benefit Beneficiary? Do you have one on file? Review the Death Benefits section.

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Death Benefits

Death Benefit & Insurance

Though it can be difficult to think about our own passing and funeral arrangements, it's important that you designate a Death Beneficiary to help ease the financial burden for your loved ones in the event of your passing. You can do this by submit your Designation of Death Benefit Beneficiary form to the Enrollment Department.

The Siletz Tribe carries Death Benefit Insurance on all tribal members, including children, for funeral and burial costs.  As of 2/13/2020 there were 1,532 tribal members that DO NOT have a beneficiary listed for this benefit. If you, a family member, or your child is one of them, it is strongly advised that you designate a beneficiary to receive this insurance.

Please check with your family members to see if they have submitted their paperwork for this important benefit.  If it has already been submitted, you should review when the last time it was updated for contact information for the beneficiary. If you do not remember who you have listed as your beneficiary, contact the Enrollment department to confirm. If you need to update your beneficiary, the form to update can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you would like to make some of the arrangements for your funeral service in advance or have a family member that may pass soon but are unsure of what they would want for their funeral service,  there is a Funeral Pre-Planning tool available that may assist you in talking with your family.  The tool can be found at the bottom of this page.  The form is for your personal use and is not to be returned to the Tribe.

Things you need to know:

  1. Tribal members need to fill out and keep an updated Designation of Death Benefit Beneficiary form.  It can then be updated at any time to name a different beneficiary or to update the contact information for the beneficiary.  It is extremely important to update your Death Benefit Beneficiary Designation form anytime you marry, divorce, or if your designated person passes away.
  2. If there is no beneficiary named on the appropriate tribal form, the beneficiary amount remains with the Tribe and only funeral expenses will be covered.  If your child DOES NOT have a Designation of Death Benefit Beneficiary form on file with the Enrollment Department, the parent is NOT the default beneficiary.  There is NO "default beneficiary".
  3. The designated beneficiary needs to be age 18 and older as they may be the one responsible for making your funeral arrangements.
  4. If your children are over the age of 18, they will need to update their beneficiary. You can also now update your beneficiary to include them if you'd like.
  5. The Enrollment Department keeps the original form on file with the tribal member's Enrollment file. In the event of your passing, the most recent form that has been submitted is what will be used to determine the Beneficiary for this benefit.
  6. The beneficiary can be anyone.  A tribal member or non-tribal member.  They can be a family member or not.  The most common beneficiary is a parent, spouse, adult children, or someone trusted who will be in charge of funeral arrangements.
  7. Most funeral homes are willing to work with the Tribe so families do not have to pay out-of-pocket costs up to the benefit amount.  Some funeral homes are not, so please be aware of that.  You should research what the funeral home you are planning to use will accept.
  8. If the funeral expenses are less than the current benefit amount, then the unused balance of the death benefit goes directly to the beneficiary.
  9. If the funeral expenses are over the current benefit amount, the balance of the expenses is the responsibility of the person making the funeral arrangements.
  10. The beneficiary (insurance) amount is separate from the funeral costs and will be paid directly to the beneficiary after the original death certificate has been received.
  11. If there is no beneficiary listed, the funeral and burial expenses are still paid and the Enrollment will work with the family and funeral home.  However, any unused balance of the death benefit and the insurance will go unpaid to anyone.
  12. The Tribe has caskets on hand that have a Pendleton blanket liner that can be purchased with death benefits or directly.
  13. If you have specific wishes for your burial, please let your family members know this.  There is a tool available under the forms section titled "Funeral Service Pre-Planning Tool" that may assist in talking with your family and loved ones regarding your funeral wishes.  You may also want to research costs for plots and fees if you wish to be buried someplace other than the Siletz cemetery.

If you have questions about the Death Benefits, tribal caskets or completing the Designation Benefit Beneficiary form, please contact the Enrollment Staff.