Patterson Re-elected USET Leader- 10/7/08
Brian Patterson, Bear Clan Representative to the Oneida Nation Council, was re-elected president of the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET, Inc.) at the organization’s recent fall meeting in Nashville. He was first elected president of the organization in 2006. Prior to his election as president, he served as co-chair and later chairman of USET’s Culture and Heritage Committee.
In addition to his position on the Oneida Nation Council, Patterson has been active in efforts to revitalize the Nation’s culture and heritage to counter the effects of 200 years of poverty. In 2005, he was named the Nation’s cultural affairs director for Indian Country Outreach. He also serves as the Nation’s liaison to several local and national organizations, including the National Park Service.
USET began in 1969 with only four tribes. Today the Nashville-based, non-profit organization is comprised of 25 tribes from Maine to Texas and according to their mission statement “is dedicated to enhancing the development of Indian Tribes, to improving the capabilities of Tribal governments, and assisting the member Tribes and their governments in dealing effectively with public policy issues and in serving the broad needs of Indian people.”