Councilman Edward Delgado

Ed DelgadoContact Info:
Phone:     920-869-4415
Email:     
edelgado@oneidanation.org

Legislative Assistant:  Kitty Melchert
Phone:     920-869-4026
Email:     
kmelcher@oneidanation.org

Councilman Delgado is serving his third term as a Council member on the Oneida Business Committee. His previous elected public office was as a member of the Oneida Nation School Board from 1999 thru 2002. Delgado, a Vietnam Era veteran, has an educational background which consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master of Arts Degree in Political Science and Public Policy. Councilman Delgado has dedicated most of his professional career to education including the role of a classroom teacher for Native (Navajo, Zuni, and Oneida) children for 17 years. Delgado’ s most recent employment prior to being elected as Councilman was as the Legislative Analyst for the Oneida Tribe’s Legislative Reference Office where he analyzed and drafted legislation on behalf of the Oneida Business Committee.

Councilman Delgado is serving his third term as a Council member on the Oneida Business Committee. His previous elected public office was as a member of the Oneida Nation School Board from 1999 thru 2002. Delgado, a Vietnam Era veteran, has an educational background which consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master of Arts Degree in Political Science and Public Policy. Councilman Delgado has dedicated most of his professional career to education including the role of a classroom teacher for Native (Navajo, Zuni, and Oneida) children for 17 years. Delgado’ s most recent employment prior to being elected as Councilman was as the Legislative Analyst for the Oneida Tribe’s Legislative Reference Office where he analyzed and drafted legislation on behalf of the Oneida Business Committee.

As a candidate, Mr. Delgado ran on his belief that all Oneidas deserve to be treated fairly and equally when it comes to the distribution of the many benefits that the Oneida Tribe has to offer its membership. Among those benefits are health care, employment opportunities and per capita payments. Delgado also campaigned on the platform that: (1) more open communication is needed between the OBC and the Tribal membership, and (2) the development of a sound judicial system designed to exercise jurisdiction over Oneida children because he feels that it is rather silly to publically proclaim any kind of inherent sovereignty while at the same time being one of the very few tribes in the United States that does not exercise jurisdiction over its own children. It is Councilman Delgado’s full intention to carry through with all the campaign promises he made to the Oneida people during his successful campaign for office.

Delgado was born in Chicago, Illinois. As a young child he lived on the Reservation and attended the old Silver Summit school in 1st and 2nd grade prior to returning to Chicago. In 1985, Delgado returned to the Reservation with his daughters Reanna and Cheyenna who were then age 9 and 4. Mr. Delgado also has a third daughter Kah^htit (she stands in the field or garden), age 15. Delgado inherits his Oneida bloodlines through his mother Rosaline LaMere (Smith) and his grandparents Rose Smith (Cornelius) and Joseph Moses Smith. Delgado’s late grandmother Rose was the daughter of the late Sampson Cornelius and Phoebe Cornelius (Bread).