3.13 Supporting Kids

Strengthening the Next Generation 

Building better futures for our Tribe’s children is a key priority for the Coquille Indian Tribe.  Because we know our own people’s well-being is inseparable from the well-being of our neighbors, we look for ways to help and encourage young people throughout the community.

Let’s Build a Bright Future

Success in school starts with a strong foundation. The Coquille Indian Tribe’s Head Start Program, open to any child age 3 to 5, promotes development of cognitive and social skills. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.

Enrollment for the next Head Start class is advertised each year from June to September. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Coquille Tribal members are given first priority, followed by other Native American children and non-native children.

Enrollment Application 2017-2018

Kristina Simpson, Head Start Director
(541) 888-9494, ext. 2232

One-Stop Shopping for Opportunity

The Coquille Indian Tribe’s communitywide College and Career Fair is an ideal way to for teens to explore their future.  At the 2016 event, more than 300 local high school students met local employers as well as representatives from Oregon colleges and universities. The 2017 event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18, at The Mill Casino.  It’s free to eighth-graders through high school seniors from all Coos County schools.




Giddyap for Safety, Pardner
The Coquille Tribal Police Department wants every child to ride safely. So each year the department sponsors a bicycle safety “rodeo” at our Kilkich Reservation near Charleston.

The rodeo typically takes place on a Saturday in August. (Watch for announcements.) The event is free for kids of all ages – Tribal members or not. Each child should bring a bicycle or non-motorized scooter – and of course that all-important helmet!

The event focuses on safety and rules of the road, but we make sure it’s fun as well. Lunch and prizes also are on the agenda.

Officer Jerry Merritt, Coquille Tribal Police Department
(541) 888-0189


CIT Community Center
(541) 888-9494

Filling Summer Tummies

Kids burn a lot of energy during summer vacation, so the Coquille Indian Tribe partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide tasty, nourishing meals.

The Summer Food Program is a free service to children and youth of the whole community.  The friendly staff of the Tribe’s Community Center at Kilkich welcomes all kids age 18 and under. No application is required – just walk in.

The program operates Monday through Friday, except holidays, throughout the Coos Bay School District’s summer break.  Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All meals meet USDA nutrition standards. If your child has a food allergy or other special dietary needs, your health-care provider can fill out a form requesting food alternatives.

The Coquille Indian Tribe is an equal opportunity provider. The Coquille Tribal Community Center is at 591 Miluk Drive.


Becky Cantrell, Community Center Director


(541) 888-9494, ext.2235

Sandra Belletto, Cook/Nutrition Coordinator


(541) 888-9494, ext. 2246

Learn more about the USDA’s summer meal program


We Proudly Share Our Cultural Heritage

Each year, local fourth-graders learn about the culture and history of southwest Oregon’s Native people from the people who know it best. The Coquille Tribe cooperates with the Coos History Museum and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians to present fascinating local insights.  Presentations take place in the memorable setting of the Coquille Tribe’s Community Plankhouse.

It’s Just FORE! Kids

Youth ages 7-18 are welcome at the Coquille Tribe’s annual Summer Golf Clinic and Golf Camp. This free program, supported by generous sponsors, is for all local youth who are enrolled in school full-time.  (Affiliation with the Coquille Indian Tribe is not required.)

Basic Clinic

Typically held in June at Bandon Golf Resort, the Summer Golf Clinic exposes kids to the basics golf.  Supervised by instructors from Bandon Dunes, young golfers practice driving, chipping and putting.  Older students will have the opportunity to join area high school coaches playing  Bandon Dunes’ 9-hole short course. Snacks are provided.

Advanced Camp

A three-day Golf Camp in July provides advanced instruction for experienced youth golfers. Those selected will work with Bandon Dunes pros each morning and then play a round at one of the resort’s elite courses in the afternoon.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Applications will be available a few months before the events, both on this website and from local schools.


Luke Clark

Activities Coordinator


(541) 888-9494, ext.2240


The Youth Golf program couldn’t happen without generous sponsors. Click here to see who they are.