Our Nation

We Are Still Here

The Coquille Indian Tribe flourished in Oregon’s southwestern corner for thousands of years, cherishing the bountiful forests, rivers and beaches of a homeland encompassing more than 750,000 acres. But the 19th century’s onslaught of European diseases, gold mining and westward expansionism nearly erased our people. Treaties ceded our homeland to the U.S. government, in exchange for promises that would go unfulfilled. Our ancestral culture nearly went extinct.

In 1954, Congress declared the Coquille Tribe “terminated.” But we endured. Restored to federal recognition in 1989, we are rebuilding our nation.

Today we number more than 1,100 members. We have regained more than 10,000 acres of our ancestral homeland, and we proudly manage the bulk of it as sustainable forest. We provide education assistance, health care, elder services and (where needed) housing assistance to our people, while contributing substantially to the surrounding community’s economy. Our various enterprises employ about 600 people, and our community fund is the region’s leading local source of charitable grants.

Despite contagion, dispossession, assimilation and near-annihilation, we are still here.

  • 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.