Coquille Indian Tribe
The Coquille story began among a people who lived and flourished along the rivers, streams and estuaries in the watersheds of the Coquille River and lower Coos Bay.
It was a life that generated a powerful connection to the land and its resources, but that suffered serious disruptions from federal Indian policies that culminated in the termination of federal recognition of the Coquille Tribe in 1954.
In 1989, the United States restored its government-to-government relationship with the Coquille Indian Tribe including full sovereignty rights. Learning from the tribes that already achieved restoration, the Coquille crafted a Restoration Act that is truly unique among Oregon’s tribes. This law was written with future development in mind. It begins with a mandate to the new Tribal government to take responsibility for the well-being of the Tribe.
Along with that responsibility, the law authorized the Coquille Tribe to pursue economic development within the Coquille Indian Tribe’s designated service area.
The Pursuit of Economic Development
The Coquille Indian Tribe today has more than 1,000 members and a land base of 7,043 acres. The Tribe, with its businesses, is the second largest employer in Coos County, Oregon and is expected to double in the next 20 years.
Tribal lands include the 5,400-acre Coquille Forest on which the Tribe’s management practices have been certified by the international Forest Stewardship Council.
To ensure that its population growth is supported by simultaneous economic growth, the Tribe is taking proactive measures to ensure a prosperous future for its members and the Southern Oregon communities where they live, work, and play.
Tribal Community Fund
The Coquille Tribe has a strong tradition of giving back to the communities in which its members live and do business.
The Tribe believes that a healthy community goes hand-in-hand with a healthy Tribe. To support this belief, the Tribe established the Coquille Tribal Community Fund and designated a set percentage of gaming proceeds from The Mill Casino to help support the well being of the community as a whole.
This competitive grant–making program provides financial support to projects in education, health, public safety, arts and culture, historic preservation and problem gambling. Since its inception in 2001 the fund has distributed $5.5 million to support charitable projects in five counties in southwestern Oregon—Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson and Lane Counties. Projects receiving grants from the Fund include programs that focus on education, feeding the hungry, taking care of children and elders and providing for veterans.
In 2016 the Community Fund awarded $400,000 to 96 local non-profit organizations and public agencies.