Rebuilding a People

Hollowing a log for a traditional canoe is one of the ancient skills being reclaimed by the Coquille people.


Rebuilding a People

Self-sufficiency is a guiding principle for the Coquille Indian Tribe. It applies to our Tribe as an organization, and to our people as individuals and families. It is reflected in all our Tribal policies and programs.

Unlike many Indian Tribes, we do not use the income from our Tribal enterprises to make “per capita” payments to our members. Instead, we focus our efforts on strengthening our membership and building our people’s future.

We pursue these goals with three main strategies. One is benefits for Elders – meeting their needs, ensuring their security, and preserving their independence. The second is health care – providing services to keep our members strong and safe. The third is education – providing financial help and other services that help our members improve their ability to support their families. Instead of merely meeting our members’ current needs, we believe we are investing in their long-term futures.

We also believe in investing in the communities where we live. We know that our people cannot prosper unless the society around them is economically vibrant. The Mill Casino-Hotel and our other enterprises pump more than $20 million a year into local salaries and benefits, with more than three-fourths of that amount going to non-members of the Coquille Tribe. We purchase more than $25 million a year in local goods and services. Again, more than three-fourths of that amount goes to non-members. And our Coquille Tribal Community Fund has injected millions of dollars into the area’s non-profit organizations.

We like to say, “A rising tide lifts all canoes.” As we work diligently to improve the welfare of the Coquille Tribe’s people, we always keep in mind our obligation to share with our neighbors.

  • 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.