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 as of January 2012 and is serving a 3-year term which began in January 2011. This is her second term on Tribal Council having previously held a Council seat for one three-year term which began in January 2001. Vice-Chairwoman Dames holds a Paralegal Certificate from the Center for Legal Studies, Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies, and a Masters of Arts Degree in American Indian Studies with a concentration in Federal Indian Law from the University of Arizona. She has also worked for Tribal Council as a Special Assistant dealing with Legal Affairs and was a member of the Tribes Education and Judicial Committees, Peacemakers Council, as well as the Constitution Review Team, and Election Team. Vice-Chairwoman Dames was recently appointed Chair of the Tribe's Economic Development and Education Committees. She is a strong advocate for Civil Rights and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Marjorie Colebut-Jackson is the Secretary of the Tribal Council as of January 2010. Ms. Colebut Jackson has served on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council since January 1, 2005, and is the Chairwoman for the Tribe's Health and Human Services and Judicial Committees, as well as Co-Chairwoman of the Family Protection & Reunification Team. In addition to her committee work, Ms. Colebut-Jackson dedicated herself to the following initiatives: Providing balance and accountability to the Tribe's cultural integration initiatives, Sustainability for the Tribe's Mission Statement, improvement for internal communications, facilitation of the Tribe's Unity Campaign, development of tribal members' maximum human potential, and support for the Tribe's Council for the Advancement of Youth. 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 responsible for the oversight of tribal community and employee health care and management of the Tribe's pharmaceutical business. Presently she is a corporator of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and also serves on the boards of Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corporation and Futures for Children.
Jean M. Swift was elected to Tribal Council by special election on Thursday, October 24, 2013. She is currently serving a two-year term as the Tribal Council Treasurer. Ms. Swift was Executive Assistant to Chairman Rodney Butler for four years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, has earned her MBA from Keller School of Management, Chicago, Illinois, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut and a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor. Ms. Swift began her career working as an auditor for Coopers and Lybrand in Hartford, CT. She then entered the Management Development Program with the Dexter Corporation in Windsor Locks, CT. Thereafter, Ms. Swift worked as the Assistant Controller for Moody Bible Institute in Chicago Illinois. Most recently, Jean served as Executive Assistant to Chairman Rodney Butler. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the Supervisory Committee Chair at the Connecticut Community Credit Union. Ms. Swift now serves as Chair to the Tribe’s Finance and Housing Committees and as the Vice Chairwoman for the Tribe’s Endowment Board of Directors.
Crystal M. Whipple is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council serving a three year term which began January 1, 2010. Ms. Whipple is a graduate of the University of New Haven with an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. Most recently, Ms. Whipple served as Chairwoman and previously Vice Chairwoman for the Tribe's Business Advisory board; an executive management team responsible for the oversight of all non-gaming enterprises and commercial property owned by the Tribe. Ms. Whipple ascended to leadership through nineteen years of diverse employment within the tribal government including the Tribal Manager's Office, Chief of Staff's Office, a Tribal Councilor's Office and the Pequot Pharmaceutical Network (PRxN). As a councilwoman, Ms. Whipple serves as chairwoman to the tribe's Administrative Support and Historical and Cultural Preservation committees. Her previous tribal government committee experience includes the Tribe's Child Protection Team, Parent Advisory Board for the Tribal Child Development Center, Education Committee and Housing Committee. Mrs. Whipple is married to Thomas Whipple, Sr. Together they have four sons.
Roy Colebut-Ingram is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council serving a three-year term which began January 1, 2012. Councilor Colebut-Ingram is a graduate of Mitchell College. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with concentrations in Professional Studies and Marketing. Prior to his election to Tribal Council, he was employed by the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise (MPGE), having worked his way up from Disc Jockey for the BB King Nite & Dance Clubs to Executive Director of Advertising for Foxwoods Resort Casino®. Councilor Colebut-Ingram serves as Chairperson to the Tribe’s Parks & Recreation Committee and, in addition to evaluating program offerings and assessing overall effectiveness of policies and procedures, leads fundraising efforts to offset the cost of Tribal Community Programming. Councilor Colebut-Ingram also serves as Chairperson to the Tribe’s Public Safety Committee and, in this capacity, was responsible for the design and implementation of a community-inclusive interview process to identify a new Chief of Police, the launch of a pedestrian safety initiative, and the finalization of the Hazard Mitigation Plan Annex for Mashantucket. He remains active in the push to have Tribal Police Officers prepared to assume primary responsibility for policing the MPGE.
In addition to those areas under his purview, Councilor Colebut-Ingram is credited with spearheading efforts for a Men’s Talking Circle (referred to internally as Skeetôpáwak Kuhkeehtaw Keeyáwun), an ongoing relationship-building initiative of which he is a regular sponsor and participant. He is also responsible for Make The Grade, an internal promotion designed to encourage academic excellence of Tribal Youth, and In The Spotlight, an internal publication dedicated to recognizing positive achievements and/or contributions of Tribal Members.
Steven E. Colebut is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council serving a three-year term that began January 1, 2012. Mr. Colebut first gained interest in Tribal Government when he was a member of a community-organized group, The Rising Spirits, which focused on government transparency, increasing community involvement and tribal member equality. In 2003, he began working within the tribal Chairman's office as a special assistant and was eventually promoted to an executive assistant. Since then, Mr. Colebut has served as special assistant and most recently executive assistant to current Treasurer Steven Thomas. In his collective years as a staff member to Tribal Council, Mr. Colebut has worked closely with many different committees either as a committee member or as support staff. Mr. Colebut currently serves as Chairman of the Tribe's Community Planning and Natural Resources committees, as well as Chairman of the MPTN Utility Authority.