A New Beginning

Coquille members revived an ancient tradition in 1988, holding their first annual salmon ceremony in Bandon, Ore.

A New Beginning

Deprived of federal recognition in 1954, the Coquille people struggled for decades to regain their Tribal status. Finally, on June 28, 1989, Congress restored the Tribe’s trust relationship with the federal government. The Coquilles once again were recognized as a sovereign Indian Nation.

Restoration was both a moral victory and a practical one. Public Law 101-42 restored the Tribe’s eligibility to participate in federal programs and to receive federal funds for education, health, and law enforcement programs. It re-established our Tribal government’s ability to exercise political and legal jurisdiction over its lands, businesses and community.

Passage of this crucial legislation rapidly led to other milestones: adoption of a Tribal Constitution; construction of The Mill Casino; designation of the 5,400-acre Coquille Tribal Forest; and establishment of health, education and housing services to Tribal members. Restoration Day, celebrated each June 28, remains the most joyful day on the Coquille Tribal calendar.

Learn more:

Beneath Your Feet

Living the Culture

Our Lands Today

The Coquille Restoration Act

Tribal Constitution



  • Tribe Responds to COVID-19

    The Coquille Indian Tribe is taking appropriate steps in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. In addition to the measures undertaken by The Mill Casino-Hotel & RV Park, the tribal government administration is acting to protect the safety of our employees and tribal member families, while maintaining essential services to our membership.

    In the past few days, the tribe has canceled some group events.  We also have curtailed nonessential travel by our employees. We have been communicating to membership daily for the past week, keeping them informed about the status of the epidemic in both Oregon and nationwide, along with the tribe’s actions.

    Starting Monday, many of our tribal government employees will begin working from home. We are keeping our health center open. Other tribal government facilities will either close for the next two weeks or remain open on a limited basis, with minimal staffing. Like other local governments, we will evaluate the unfolding situation and respond accordingly.

    We offer our best wishes to the entire community in this challenging time.