Sat Feb 06, 2021 @ 9:00AM
Cowlitz Tribe Meetings
Tribal Council Meeting

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Welcome to Cowlitz Country

The legacy of an ancient people in southwest Washington is rich with descendants who manage a growing portfolio of health, education, scientific research, housing, transportation, development, elder care, conservation and legal issues.   The Cowlitz Tribe is a growing force in community building in what are now Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and parts of Pierce, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, a vast territory occupied by numerous Cowlitz villages prior to non-Cowlitz exploration and seizure.  Today, an elected Tribal Council is composed of professionals adept at managing multiple programs and projects.  

Tribal members engage in a rich cultural practice of old Cowlitz lifeways such the Smelt, Salmon and River Ceremonies.  They join coastal tribes in Canoe Journeys on major waterways.  They drum and sing at ceremonies throughout the year and as called upon for funerals, naming ceremonies, healings and celebration.  The Cowlitz Pow-Wow is one of the largest in southern Washington.  The Cowlitz Tribe is a significant employer and contributor to local economies.  When the Federal Government recognized the tribe officially in 2000, the Tribe thought of it as belated acknowledgement of a cohesive culture spanning centuries.  Without cover of Federal status, tribal members overcame tremendous obstacles during millennium changes, holding firm to their remembered past as one of the largest and richest tribes in what is now Washington State.     

Over time, Tribal employees leveraged a few grants into a multi-million dollar operation that has successfully produced a modern health clinic in Longview, health services in Tukwila and Vancouver and viable housing units at its St. Mary's complex near Toledo.  The St. Mary's school site, part of the Cowlitz Mission complex established by a Catholic order in the 1800’s to bring Christianity to natives of the early Territory, is now owned by the Cowlitz Tribe. 


Announcements


  • COWLITZ TRIBAL HEALTH CLINIC


    COVID-19 Vaccine & Clinic Updates

    Read more to find out the most up-to-date information and news from our Clinic

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  • For Immediate Release: Cowlitz Indian Tribe secures Tribal Wildlife Grant to Inventory Beaver Habitat

    The Cowlitz Indian Tribe intends to inventory existing beaver habitat in Southwest Washington on private and public timber lands. The footprint of the project is within the aboriginal lands of the Tribe.

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  • VIDEO:
    Winter Solstice Prayer
    Tanna Engdahl

    Our hands go up to Tanna Engdahl. Thank you for sharing this prayer and reminder that winter solstice can be a time to restore ourselves and each other. Stay safe, take care and be good to each other.

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Health & Human Services

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health Programs
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Cultural Resources

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Natural Resources

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Natural Resources
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Youth Program

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Youth Program
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Awards & Recognition

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Awards & Recognition
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