“With a heavy heart,” Coquille Tribal Chairperson Brenda Meade announced the death of long-time Tribal Chief Kenneth Tanner on May 24.
Chief Tanner passed away this morning following a long-term illness.
“Our Tribal Nation lost a great spiritual and cultural leader—a person we have all come to rely on for his calm and assured guidance in even the most difficult of times,” Meade said. “He is the one we would turn to on a day like today for words of wisdom and comfort to see us through our distress. His absence is already deeply felt by every member and friend of the Coquille Tribe.
“On behalf of the tribe, I offer my prayers and condolences to Chief Tanner’s family and to our tribal community. This is truly a great loss for us all.”
For more than two decades, Chief Tanner has served Coquille Tribal members in a position that ensures that cultural and spiritual needs of the tribe are considered in any tribal activity or decision. As Chief, he has helped lead the Coquille Tribe from the early years of its renewed government-to-government relationship with the federal government to its current status as a cultural and economic leader in Southwestern Oregon.
Arrangements to honor the life of Chief Kenneth Tanner will be announced at a later time.