Mon Jun 27, 2022 @ 4:30PM
Executive Tribal Council Meeting
Tue Jun 28, 2022 @12:00PM
Blood Pressure - Food For Thought
Sat Jul 09, 2022 @ 7:00AM
Culture Board 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. 


  • Tribal Council Open Seat

    Cowlitz members over 18 please consider applying for the open Tribal Council position*.  Any eligible General Council members may nominate themselves by submitting a mandatory resume and cover letter to Cowlitz Human Resources and Tribal Council Secretary, Bill Erickson.  All applications must be turned in by July 6, 2022. 

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    *members convicted of a felony crime or who have been removed for cause from tribal office or employment are not eligible for election or Tribal Council

  • Fishing, Hunting, & Gathering Gear Sales Tax Exemption Approved

    (Olympia, Wash.) A recent Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) Excise Tax Advisory (ETA) exempts retail sales taxes on tribal fishing, hunting, and gathering gear purchased from in state retailers April 1, 2022.
    Cowlitz General Council Chair, Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, is pleased to announce the statewide sales tax exemption benefits all enrolled members of federally recognized tribes including non-treaty tribes. To claim this sales tax exemption enrolled members will choose a retail vendor, select listed product(s), show Cowlitz photo enrollment ID, and pay at store counters.

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  • Tribal Council Election Results

    “On behalf of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, I extend our deepest congratulations to our newly elected and re-elected Tribal Council members,” said Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, General Council Chair. “I look forward to hearing from new voices while nurturing strong relationships throughout the council so that, together, we can best fulfill the needs of all the members of our Tribe.”

    Cassandra Sellards Reck, incumbent
    Maverick Ryan, incumbent
    Cheryl Bell, incumbent
    Kristopher Kitz
    Larry Kestner
    Vanessa Robertson

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Health & Human Services

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health Programs

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Cultural Resources

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Cultural Resources

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Natural Resources

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Natural Resources

Youth Program

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Youth Program
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Awards & Recognition

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Awards & Recognition
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