Coquille Indian Tribe
About the Coquille Indian Tribe: Comprising a people whose ancestors lived in the lands of the Coquille River watershed and lower Coos Bay, the Coquille Indian Tribe today has over 1000 members and a land base of 7,043 acres. After the United States reinstituted federal recognition to the Tribe and restored its full sovereignty rights in 1989, the Coquille Tribal government created an administrative program that now provides housing, health care, education, elder care, law enforcement and judicial services to its members. The Tribe is the second largest employer in Coos County, Oregon, with successful business ventures in forestry, arts and exhibits, gaming and hospitality, high-speed telecommunications and renewable energy.

Total Tribal enrollment exceeds 1000, of whom approximately 538 Tribal members and their families live in the Tribe’s five county service area covering 15,603 square miles of Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, and Lane counties. Approximately 350 Tribal members live in Coos County. All Tribally operated programs and services are available to Tribal members who live in the 5-county service area. Tribal members who live outside the area receive limited services from the Tribe; but are eligible for health services at any Indian Health Service facility across the country.

Tribal governmental operations receive and administer federal funding primarily from Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Indian Health Service (IHS). Other federal funds available to the Tribe include Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Park Service (NPS). Tribal business enterprises also generate revenues for Tribal governmental purposes.

Coquille Economic Development Corporation (CEDCO)

CEDCO is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by Tribal Council, and is delegated responsibility for economic development and business enterprises intended to generate revenue to support Tribal governmental operations. The CEDCO Board of Directors meets quarterly, and publishes an annual financial report to the Tribal Council and Tribal membership. CEDCO enterprises include:

The Mill Resort & Casino, located on Highway 101 in North Bend, Oregon, which provides tourists and visitors casino-style gaming, fine dining, and entertainment in a waterfront facility in the Coos Bay harbor. A 112-room hotel opened in May 2000, and expanded to 203 rooms in 2008.

ORCA (Optical Rural Community Access) Communications is CEDCO's newest venture. This "middle-mile" telecommunications provider links local customers with high-speed fiber-optic networks throughout the state, adding a key element to the local business infrastructure. Schools, government entities and health care professionals, as well as consumers, are core markets for ORCA's portal to the wired world.

Coquille Forest

The Coquille Forest Act (P.L. 104-208, Division B, Title V) was enacted by Congress on September 30, 1996, allowing the Tribe an opportunity for stewardship of a small portion of ancestral homelands; and to re-establish many of the cultural traditions and customs once practiced on these landscapes as well as generating timber revenue. The Forest was taken into trust for the Tribe by the U.S. government on September 30, 1998. For the Tribe today, the Coquille Forest represents heritage reclaimed in remembrance and avowal of a history replete with tragic circumstances and loss. For future generations, the Forest begins a legacy of tribal dedication to cultural rejuvenation and self-determination. The Coquille Forest is comprised of 14 separate parcels of former BLM timberlands in eastern Coos County, totaling 5,410 acres.

Coquille Indian Tribal Services

Coquille Indian Housing Authority (CIHA)

Governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Tribal Council, CIHA offers affordable housing opportunities to Coquille Tribal members and other Native Americans throughout the Tribe’s service area. Federal assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidizes low to moderate income households, while HUD-guaranteed private mortgage financing provides housing opportunities for Tribal families of all income levels. The majority of CIHA’s services are concentrated within the mixed income residential community it operates on 62 acres of Tribal land near Coos Bay, Oregon.

Coquille Tribal Community Health Clinic

The Health Clinic is operated by the Tribe’s Health Department, and delivers medical services to Tribal members and other Native Americans who reside in the local Coos Bay area: and to Tribal members who live elsewhere in the Tribe’s five-county service area. Services include: general physical examinations and lab work, referrals to other local medical care providers, and several Tribal youth and Elders activities.

About the Clinic

The Coquille Community Health Center is on the tribal reservation land in Coos Bay, Oregon. The approximately 7, 000 square foot facility houses a modern outpatient clinic with 3 exam rooms, 1 treatment room, pharmacy and optometry services. The Health Center also houses all Coquille Tribal Human Services Programs and Contract Health Services. The Community Health Center is staffed with 30 professional and Para-professional employees that are overseen by the Health and Human Services Administrator. Coquille Indian Tribal Human Services Programs include: Direct Care, Business Office, Contract Health, Community Health, Indian Child Welfare, Alcohol and Drug, Child Care, General Assistance, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Youth and Elder's Activities, Mental Health, and Foster Care.

Coquille Indian Tribe Library: The CIT Library can be found at the Culture, Education and Library building located on the Tribe's lands at 495 Miluk Dr. . The Tribe's library holds approximately 2,800 books in its collection along with 30 magazine and newspaper subscriptions, a small but growing DVD collection, and also has a patron computer with Internet access and printing capabilities. The Library's collection contains a variety of general subjects similar to what you would find in a small public library. Along with maintaining these materials, the Library focuses on collecting resources covering specific subjects relevant to the Coquille Indian Tribe, other Oregon tribes and southwest Oregon in general. These focus subjects include traditional languages, history, traditional technologies, natural resource management, health, Indian law along with others. The Library is able to help a patron find specific information on the Coquille or other Oregon tribe while also helping them with other requests such as general research requests, registering for classes, printing official documents and connecting them with other Coquille Indian Tribe managed resources. The Library is open to the general public.