The Coquille Indian Tribe flourished in Oregon’s southwestern corner for thousands of years, cherishing the bountiful forests, rivers and beaches of a homeland encompassing more than 750,000 acres. But the 19th century’s onslaught of European diseases, gold mining and westward expansionism nearly erased the tribe people.
In 1954, Congress declared the Coquille Tribe “terminated.” But the tribe endured. Restored to federal recognition in 1989, the Coquille Tribe is rebuilding.
Today, the tribe has more than 1,100 members and has regained more than 10,000 acres of its ancestral homeland which it proudly manages the bulk of it as sustainable forest. The tribe provides education assistance, health care, elder services and (where needed) housing assistance to its people, while contributing substantially to the surrounding community’s economy.