Three Mashantucket Pequot tribal councilors inaugurated

Mashantucket — Three Mashantucket Pequot tribal councilors began new three-year terms Wednesday, following an inauguration ceremony at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, the tribe announced.

Rodney Butler, the council chairman, began his sixth consecutive term, including his fourth as chairman. Richard E. Sebastian, who returned to the council after a three-year hiatus, began his sixth nonconsecutive term, and Councilor Daniel Menihan began his second term.

The three men were elected in November in voting among tribal members. Butler then was re-elected chairman in a separate vote of tribal members.

Butler also has been serving as interim chief executive officer of the tribe’s Foxwoods Resort Casino since the death last June of Felix Rappaport.

Sebastian, a former council vice chairman, will chair the council’s Economic Development and Judicial committees. Menihan chairs the Parks and Recreation and Historical and Cultural Preservation committees.

The four other members of the seven-member council are Crystal Whipple, vice chairwoman; Matthew Pearson, secretary; Latoya Cluff and Merrill “Marvin” Reels.

Also sworn in Wednesday were Anthony Sebastian, secretary and treasurer of the tribe’s Elders Council, and Evan Nelson, the tribe’s Youth Council ambassador.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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