Coquille Indian Tribe

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Location: 495 Miluk Dr., Coos Bay, OR. 97420. The CIT Library is located at the recently opened Culture, Education and Library Services building located near the entrance to the Tribe's reservation lands located off the Cape Arago Highway between Charleston and Empire.

While small, the CIT Library contains an extensive amount of information on the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Tribes of southwest Oregon including the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. In addition, the library actively seeks and holds materials covering the history of Coos County as a whole. The Coquille Indian Tribe's Library is not part of the Coos County Library system but many of its materials are available to the public at large.

The collection places an emphasis on providing information from the perspective of Tribes and Native Americans on subjects of interest including culture related subjects (of which there are many), traditional technologies, languages, history, health, education and law. Others subjects are also readily covered at the Library contains materials covering the many of the same subjects you will find in a small public library.

A list of CIT Library materials focusing on Tribes from southwest Oregon.

This list includes materials covering the history, traditions and related subjects regarding Indian Tribes in Oregon with a focus on the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and other southwest Oregon Tribes. Other subjects covered in this list include language, biographies, traditional use of plants and animals, ethnobotany, and traditional stories. This list does not include the Library's entire collection. Please contact the Librarian for more information.


The Library contains the following items in its collection:
  • 2800 books available for check-out.
  • Over 30 newspapers and periodicals including regional and major state newspapers and newspapers dedicated to news of interest to Native Americans and Indian Country. The Library carries the respective newspapers published by Indian Tribes in Oregon.
  • 200 video and audio recordings.
  • 30,000+ pages of archival documents from the combined collections of the Southwestern Oregon Research Project and the Melville Jacobs Collection.
  • Online Resources on the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and other southwest Oregon tribes.
    • Ni-les 'Tun Archaeology, by Mark Tveskov. Dr. Tveskov is a professor of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University. He has worked with the Coquille Indian Tribe for over 15 years. This paper focuses on a series of excavations that occurred near the city of Bandon.
    • Coquille Indian Tribe History, Don Ivy, a retired THPO and Cultural Resources Program Director for the Coquille Indian Tribe, produced this summary of the Tribe's traditions, history and present day activities as a means to provide information on the Coquille Indian Tribe to the public. A brochure based on this report is available at the CIT Library, the Tribe's main office and at The Mill Casino.
    • Brush Fences and Basket Traps, by Scott Byram. Scott Byram is another archaeologist who has worked with the Coquille Indian Tribe for over 15 years. His dissertation focuses on traditional fishing technologies of the Coquille and other Tribes that lived near the Oregon Coast.
    • Growing Up Indian: An Emic Perspective: Dr. George B. Wasson, Jr. is a Coquille member who has worked on many different projects related to the Tribe. This dissertation describes the historical and contemporary experiences of the Coquille Indian Tribe and neighboring tribes located on the Oregon coast. Wasson also co-wrote the essay Coyote and the Strawberries: Cultural Drama and Cultural Collaboration. This essay discusses the importance of traditional stories to the Coquille Indian Tribe and includes one story, Coyote and the Strawberries, including narrator notes regarding historic and cultural references contained in the story.
    • History of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw: An online of a work written by members of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and local historians.
    • The Takelma and their Athapaskan Neighbors: Dennis Gray. This paper focuses on the Native American groups from the upper Rogue River drianage in southwest Oregon. The neighbors in the title refer to Athapaskan Applegate Rivergroup and the Galice Creek group. The Upper Coquille spoke an Athapaskan dialect.
  • History of Southwestern Oregon
    • Pathfinder: An online reference to the Native Americans living on the southwest Oregon coast.
    • Coquille Valley Historical Society: A vast amount of Coos County history is available at this web site.
    • Coos Bay Historical Society: This site is also home to the current Coos Historical and Maritime Museum and includes information on there many programs and the new museum.
    • Coquille Valley History: This site focuses on the history of the eastern half of Coos County including the County Seat of Coquille, Oregon.
    • Coos Bay History: This is an independently managed web page providing information and links resources on Coos Bay and the surrounding area.
    • Coos County and Oregon History: Covers a variety of Oregon history from the Beaver Hill (Coos Bay) Coal Mine to the history of the Oregon Territory.
    • Oregon History Project: The Oregon Historical Society's online resource to learning about Oregon's past.
    • Southern Oregon Historical Society: Based in Jackson County, Oregon the web page links viewers extensive resources on southern Oregon history.
    • Coos Historical & Maritime Museum: The Coquille Indian Tribe works with this Museum on several projects and exhibitions.
    • Historic Oregon Newspapers: An archive of scanned historic newspapers from Oregon including newspapers published in southwest Oregon. The majority of scanned papers date from their first issues in the late to mid 19th century to the mid-20th century. These historic Oregon newspapers have were digitized as part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP).
  • Indigenous Oregon Language Resources: Links to information on Hanis, Miluk and Chinook Jargon...languages associated with indigenous people from southwest Oregon.
    • This recently completed web page features digitized recordings of over 200 Miluk language words and phrases taken from recordings of Coquille elders Laura Hotchkiss Metcalf and Daisy Wasson Codding. Click the word or phrase, and you will be able to hear how to say it.
    • Miluk Language Online: Patty Whereat-Philips, a linguist, ethnobotanist and a Coos Tribal member produced a word list of Miluk, one of the Coquille Indian Tribe's ancestral languages (and also one of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians).
    • Let’s Speak the Hanis Language: A small article on the Hanis language from the Voice of CLUSI, the newsletter for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.
    • Hanis Word List: Patty Whereat-Philips also produced this word list of the Hanis language, one of the traditional languages of the Coos Tribe.
    • Coos language and ethnology: A brief history of southwest Oregon indigenous languages and the ongoing work being done to save them.
    • Schichils's Blog: Information and journal entries on the Hanis, Miluk and Siuslaw languages from Patty Whereat-Philips
    • Learn Chinook Jargon: Provides information on classes including classes on Jargon held at Land and Portland Community Colleges
    • Chinook Jargon, the Hidden Language of the Pacific Northwest: A fun and exciting look at the history, current status and linguistics of Chinook Jargon. Entire book is available online for free!
    • Indian Languages of Western Oregon: Excellent summaries of language families in western Oregon and the Tribes that spoke them. Includes maps, articles and bibliographies.
  • Spanish Language and Latino Community Resources:A significant part of the Coquille Indian Tribe's community are also part of the Latino community in southwest Oregon (and in other places, too). The following pages include resources for Coquille members and family, their friends and relatives, and anyone who would like to practice their Spanish language skills.
    • Organizations serving Oregon Latino communities: State of Oregon web page dedicated to providing links to organizations whose services focus on Latino communities. Includes links to health, employment, and education resources.
    • National Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships for Latino students: A link to this guide is available at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Education Resources page.  This page also provides resources for pre-college planning, applying to financial aid, and college preparation for high school students.
    • Oregon Association of Bilingual Education: OABE promotes bilingual education programs based on research and professional development as a means to close the opportunity gap for students through native language instruction and English language development.
    • Latino Community Association: Based in central Oregon, the Latino Community Association provides resources to Latino families including education, youth involvement, cultural enrichment and English language classes.
    • REFORMA: A branch of the American Library Association dedicated to promoting library resources to Latino American communities. 
    • language games: Donquijote is a company offering Spanish language immersion courses in Spain and several countries in South America. This link is to the section of their web page containing numerous games and other practice opportunities.
    • 123Spanish Games for Children: Free Spanish language games for children from 123teachme which provides free Spanish lesson on the web.
    • 123Spanish Games for Adults: 123Teachme’s Spanish language games for adults. These games do not contain adult material, they are just more difficult than the youth games.
    • Spanish language resources from the BBC: Yes, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) maintains a web page providing numerous Spanish language resources including grammar & vocabulary lessons, a daily soccer (futbol) report, and a guide to Spanish slang from different parts of the world.
    • Spanish/English Dictionary: A free, online dictionary for translating English to Spanish and vice-versa.  You can use this tool to translate English into multiple other languages, too.
  • Other Library Resources
  • Newspapers of Oregon Tribes
  • News resources focusing on Tribes and Native peoples
  • Oregon Colleges and Universities
  • Legal pages: Online resources focusing on legal issues related to the Coquille and other American Indian tribes and members of these tribes

Chris Tanner, Librarian

Phone: 541-756-0904
FAX: 541-888-2418
Physical Address:
CIT Library
2611 Mexeye Loop
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(Mailing address is 3050 Tremont, North Bend, OR. 97459)