September 30, 2016

Wyden Nominates Member of Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians to Key Federal Committee

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced the nomination of Sharon Edenfield to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Tribal Advisory Committee, which provides advice on taxation, training of IRS agents as well as training and assistance to Native American financial officers.

Edenfield is a Tribal Council member for the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon and serves as its Tribal Administrative Officer.  She has more than 30 years of experience working directly on tribal tax, financing, and insurance issues.

“I am extremely proud to nominate Sharon because I have no doubt from my conversations with her that the knowledge and direct experience she brings on tribal tax matters will prove a valuable addition to the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee,” Wyden said.  “She will provide a beneficial and unique Oregon tribal perspective to the committee’s important work applying tribal tax provisions.”

The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee was established pursuant to the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014.  The committee role is to inform and advise the Treasury on issues related to the taxation of Indians.  The committee also helps to educate and train IRS agents working directly with tribes to ensure IRS laws relating to tribes are properly applied and enforced.  As Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Wyden can nominate one person to the Committee.

"I am very honored to be selected and would like to thank Senator Wyden for his nomination,” Edenfield said. “I look forward to serving on the Tribal Tax Advisory Committee to make a positive impact to Native people in Oregon and across the country."