Tribal Council Members

Rodney Butler - 2012

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.

 Crystal Whipple - 2012

Crystal M. Whipple is the Vice-Chairwoman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. 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 three sons.

 Marjorie Colebut-Jackson

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 2012

Jean M. Swift Treasurer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, is serving a two year term which began October 24, 2013. Jean 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. Jean earned her MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management, of DeVry University in Chicago, Illinois, graduating Honors with Distinction. Jean is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut and a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor.

Treasurer Swift 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 the Chicago area, Swift worked as the Assistant Controller for Moody Bible Institute in Chicago Illinois. She later became a liaison for then – Chairman Kenny Reels for the Native American Bank. Most recently, 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 is 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.

 Fatima Dames 2012

Fatima Dames is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. Ms. Dames has served on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council since January 2001, which included the seat of Vice-Chairwoman from January 2012 to December 2014. Ms. 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. Ms. 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.

 Roy Colebut-Ingram - 2012

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.

Richard E Sebastian - 2015

Richard E Sebastian Mr. Sebastian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Tribal Government through the University of New Haven. Mr. Sebastian previously served as Tribal Councilor (1989-1994, 2003-2008), and Vice Chairman of the Tribal Council from 2009-2011. During his tenure on Tribal Council, Mr. Sebastian has served as chairman of the Economic Development, Public Safety, Parks and Recreation and Administrative Support Committees. Mr. Sebastian was also responsible for designing a home ownership program for the tribe’s Phase VII housing development on the reservation in connection with the Fannie Mae Corporation. His prior contribution to the Tribal community includes employment as Gaming Inspector, Security Director, Tribal Police officer, Vice Chairman of the Athletic Commission, and Executive staff to a former Tribal Councilor and a former Tribal Council Chairman. Mr. Sebastian remains committed to assisting and developing tribal members for employment in leadership positions within the tribe’s enterprises, and the development of programs that empower tribal members to acquire apprenticeships, investment skills, professional development, trade and entrepreneurial skills that enhance tribal members’ ability to gain self-sufficiency and wealth..