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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. 


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Announcements

  • The Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Department is soliciting bids to construct the Cispus-Yellowjacket Phases 1-2 project

    Sealed bids are due at 2:00 p.m. June 10, 2020

    The site is located on public land south of Randle, WA, and may be visited at will by prospective bidders. The anticipated work window for this project is July 15-September 15. Considering the late date of this solicitation and ongoing uncertainty related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tribe will strongly consider a time extension based on satisfactory progress during summer 2020.

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  • VIDEO PSA
    William Iyall, Chairman and COO

    PSA to Members of the
    Cowlitz Indian Tribe 

    Friday, May 29th, 2020

    Cowlitz Tribal Chairman Bill Iyall sat down this week to speak about the hard work the tribe is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • ilani Opens
    Thursday, May 28th @ Noon

    The health and safety of ilani team members and guests remains a top priority.

    As the coronavirus pandemic has progressed, the Cowlitz Tribe has monitored activity and the latest guidance from the CDC and state health authorities to develop a reopening plan that would meet safety recommendations without significantly distracting from the guest experience.

    Guests and staff can expect the following social distancing and other measures at ilani.

    Click here for more information

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