Coquille Indian Tribe Library
Coquille Indian Tribe Library
Chris Tanner, Librarian
2611 Mexeye Loop
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(Mailing address is
3050 Tremont, North Bend, OR. 97459)
Welcome to the CIT Library web page.
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 its materials are available to the public.
The collection places an emphasis on providing information from the perspective of Tribes and Native Americans on subjects including culture, history, health, education and law. Others subjects are available and our Library contains materials covering the same subjects you would 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.
Location: 2611 Mexeye Lp. at the Kilkich community located on the Tribe's reservation lands located on the Cape Arago Highway between Charleston and the Empire neighborhood of Coos Bay, Oregon.
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.
- The Coos and the Coquille, by Mark Tveskov. Dr. Tveskov is a professor of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University and has worked with the Coquille Indian Tribe for over 15 years. As the title suggests, his thesis work focuses on the history of the Coos and Coquille in southwest Oregon and is a highly recommended resource at the CIT Library. *Note, this link only contains the introduction and table of contents of this dissertation.
- Coquille Indian Tribe History, Don Ivy, the Tribe's Cultural Resources Program Director from 1997-2013, wrote this summary of Coquille Indian Tribe traditions, history and present day activities as a means to provide information on the Tribe to the public. Brochures based on this report are available at the CIT Library, the Tribe's main office and at The Mill Casino-Hotel.
- Brush Fences and Basket Traps, by Scott Byram. Scott Byram is another archaeologist who has worked with the Coquille Indian Tribe for almost two decades. His dissertation focuses on the traditional fishing technologies of the Coquille and other tribes that lived near the Oregon Coast.
- Growing Up Indian: An Emic Perspective: Dr. George Wasson is a Coquille Tribal member who has worked on many different projects related to teaching and sharing the traditions of the Coquille Indian 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 and includes one story, Coyote and the Strawberries, with notes regarding historic and cultural references contained within the story.
- History of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw: An online resource produced by members of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.
- 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 the Athapaskan Applegate Rivergroup and the Galice Creek Group. The Upper Coquille spoke an Athapaskan dialect.
- Coquelle Trails: Early Historical Roads and Trails of Ancestral Coquille Indian Tribe Lands, 1826-1875, a massive and informative web page on the "cultural geography" of the Coquille Indian Tribe. The site includes documentation of early contact between pioneer explorers and the indigenous peoples of southwest Oregon and descriptions of the geography and physical landscape of these lands.
History of southwestern Oregon
Oregon Language Resources: Links to information on Hanis, Miluk and Chinook Jargon...languages associated with the indigenous people of southwest Oregon.
- Miluk Language Online: Patty Whereat-Philips, a linguist, ethnobotanist and a member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, produced a word list of Miluk, an ancestral language of both the Coquille and Coos tribes.
- 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, another ancestral Coos language.
- 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 Phrasebook: An online Jargon resource with links to several other Chinook Jargon web sites.
- Chinook Jargon, the Hidden Language of the Pacific Northwest:
A fun and exciting look at the history, current status and linguistics of Chinook Jargon. The 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.
- Donquijote.com 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
- Coastline Coos County Library Network Online Catalog: This site provides links and information on all Coos County Libraries.
- Oregon State Library:
The mission of the State Library is to provide quality information services to Oregon state government; provide reading materials to blind and print-disabled Oregonians; and to provide leadership, grants, and other assistance to improve library service for all Oregonians.
- Guide to the Melville Jacobs Papers: The University of Washington Library's Special Collections includes an online guide to the works of Dr. Melville Jacobs, a linguist whose extensive work includes detailed ethnographic work with descendents of today's Coos and Coquille Tribes.
- Library of Congress
- National Archives
- Southwestern Oregon Research Project: A guide to the archives from the Southwestern Oregon Research Project (SWORP) from the Washington State Library system.
- Historic Oregon Newspapers: The University of Oregon maintains a large archive of digitized copies of several Oregon newspapers.
Newspapers of Oregon Tribes:
News resources focusing on Tribes and Native peoples:
- Indian Country Today
- News From Indian Country
- Indianz.com: Provides independent reporting and links to numerous online resource of news from a Native American perspective.
- Native American Times: Indepedent newspaper originally title the Oklahoma Indian Times.
- The Circle News: The Circle is dedicated to presenting news from a Native American
perspective, while granting an equal opportunity to community voices
- Reznetnews: Reznet is a Native American news, information and entertainment Web site
that also trains and mentors American Indian college students around
the country as they prepare for journalism careers.
- Native News Network: News resource dedicated to connecting Native voices.
Oregon Colleges and Universities:
- University of Oregon
- Oregon State University
- Southwestern Oregon Community College
- Oregon colleges and universities: This link provides information and links to numerous post secondary schools located in Oregon.
- Accredited online colleges and universities: This directory provides a detailed guide to colleges and universities in the United States that provide accredited online and distance-education degree programs.
Online resources focusing on legal issues related to the Coquille and other American Indian tribes and members of these tribes
- Coquille Indian Tribe Restoration Act:
- Coquille Indian Tribe Legal Department:
- Western Oregon Termination Act:
- Kappler Project—Indian Laws and Treaties:
- Native American Rights Fund’s National Indian Law Library:
- Willamette University Law Library: Multiple law and legal resources (some links to databases require a paid account).
- University of Virginia Law Library: Provides information on all three branches of the federal government and the U.S. Constitution.
- The Oyez Project:
The Oyez Project is an online multi-media archive devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- FindLaw: FindLaw provides free legal information and helps users locate an attorney in their area.
- Oregon State Bar Public Web Page: Provides information on various legal topics including an attorney referral service and "do-it-yourself" legal information.
- U.S. GPO Federal Digital System (FDsys): provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial).
- Thomas (Library of Congress): Legislative information provided by the Library of Congress.
- White House Briefing Room: Includes informaton on the U.S. President's latest events and public statements. Includes links to Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations.
- Law Library of Congress: The LOC Law Library is the world’s largest
law library with a collection of over 2.65 million volumes spanning the
ages and covering virtually every jurisdiction in the world.
- Oregon State Legislature: Provides full text of Oregon's Revised Statues.
- Oregon Judical Courts: Includes a description of the State's Court systems and Court decisions and opinions.