Our Lands

The Place Where We Belong

The Coquille people’s history and culture are inseparable from the forests, meadows and beaches of southwestern Oregon. In the millennia before Euro-American settlement, the Coquille Tribe roamed more than 1 million acres, managing the resources to promote healthy ecosystems and prosperous communities.

The settlement era’s onslaught of disease, violence and injustice scattered our ancestors and stripped them of their homeland. After forced relocation in the 19th century, many of our cousins were forced to become permanent members of reservation communities elsewhere in Oregon.

Since the Tribe’s 1989 Restoration to federal recognition, we have regained ownership of about 10,000 acres. Though a mere fraction of our ancestral territory, these restored homelands are a priceless legacy. As members of the present-day Coquille Indian Tribe, we feel uniquely blessed to be stewards of these lands we call home.

(Click here for a Natural Resources Conservation Service video describing the Coquille Tribe’s land management success.)

  • 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.