Rodney A. Butler was re-elected for a second term as chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council at the tribe’s annual meeting on November 4. Voters also re-elected Steven J. Thomas as treasurer and Crystal M. Whittle as tribal council member. All three were re-elected for three-year terms, beginning January 1, 2012. The tribe does not release the number of votes cast. Butler has served on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council since January 2004. In January 2005, Butler was elected treasurer of the Tribal Council. He has a degree in finance from the University of Connecticut. He has led the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation since January 1, 2010. “It has been a challenging three years for everyone in the region and beyond, and we are no different here at Mashantucket,” Butler said in a written statement. He said his re-election along with Thomas and Whipple reflects the tribe’s achievements over the past three years. “Councilor Whipple, Treasurer Thomas, and I took office during a time of great political and financial unrest for our tribe. Over the course of that time, we have focused on rebuilding trust and unity within our community, and subsequently with our employees and surrounding community. Today’s overwhelming show of support for the three of us speaks volumes to what we have been able to accomplish as a tribe, and it has been a tremendous privilege for me to be the Chairman during such a crucial time. I thank my family for believing in this Council and me to continue to build a strong foundation for our future generations. I am honored to be re-elected as Chairman and continue to lead this great Pequot Nation.” Thomas also gave thanks for his re-election. “To get elected the first time was great, but to get re-elected is wonderful; it speaks to the job you’ve done. Most importantly God is awesome,” Thomas said. Whipple thanked the tribal members for their support. “I am honored and thankful for their trust in me,” Whipple said. She said she looks forward to serving the community in the years to come. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns and operates Foxwoods Resort Casino, the biggest gaming facility in the country. In August, the tribe announced that it had reached an agreement with steering committees of its lenders and bondholders to restructure $2.2 billion of outstanding indebtedness.
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