Thu Oct 29, 2020
Cowlitz Tribe Youth Program
Halloween Costume Contest
Thu Oct 29, 2020 @10:00AM
Elder’s Nutrition & Events
Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL)
Thu Oct 29, 2020 @12:00PM
Elder’s Nutrition & Events
Menu: *Pick-up Only* Dinning Hall Closed

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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 Indian Tribe
    Ridgefield, WA
    October 27th, 2020

    Nathan Reynolds resigns as Director of Cultural Resources with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.


    The Cowlitz Indian Tribe announced today that Nathan Reynolds officially submitted his resignation as Director of Cultural Resources for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, effective December 31, 2020.

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  • VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR
    Views from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
    MONDAY OCTOBER 26TH 
    @ 5PM PST

    What does it mean to sustain a forest over generations, especially in the midst of a changing climate? Join us for a virtual panel discussion about the history and future of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, its people, critters and management.

    Featuring perspectives from indigenous communities, conservation experts, forest management and tourism professionals. 

    RSVP SOON! 

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  • Emergency Notice update: 10-22-2020

    As we continue testing and begin remediation relating to mold issues at St. Mary’s and the Cowlitz Village, all facilities will be closed to everyone except essential employees, residents and contractors.

    As of Monday, 10/19, all employees and residents have been temporarily relocated in order to allow for unencumbered remediation and remodel construction while protecting all staff and residents during this process.

    Once residents begin to return to the Cowlitz Village, guests of residents will be allowed access but need to be aware of closed areas and alternate entrances and exits.

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Health & Human Services

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Cultural Resources

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Natural Resources

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Youth Program

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Awards & Recognition

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