Tue Nov 29, 2022 @ 6:00PM
Youth Traditional Dance & Protocol 101
Wed Nov 30, 2022 @ 6:00PM
Drum Practice
Sat Dec 03, 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. 


  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe Donates to Support
    Community Organizations

    This quarter’s grant funding is the largest awarded in the Tribe’s history

    Ridgefield, WA. (Nov. 23, 2022) — The Cowlitz Indian Tribe has announced this quarter’s recipients of Cowlitz Tribal Foundation grants. The fund, an extension of the Tribe, released its largest donations to date. Nine of the 31 grants awarded, which totaled just over $2.5M, were announced at ilani’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, held on November 23.

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  • In Thankgiveness

     Tanna Engdahl 

    We reflect on a day set aside to remember
    an early harvest meal native people shared
    with new people coming to our lands. 
    It is believable that the new people offered prayers
    in gratitude for the bounty.    

    Our prayers were different. 

    We gave thanks not just for the one day,
    but for all days, every day.  We were up at sunrise
    to give thanks for the morning light,
    and for our footprints upon the earth.  

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  • Holiday Tree Lighting at ilani

    11 23 22 Tree Lighting at ilani

     To celebrate the start of the holiday season, don’t miss out on carol singing led by the Dickens Carolers and plenty of cocoa, coffee, and cookies at
    ilani’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Wednesday, November 23rd starting at 5:00 pm!

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  • Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”)
    East Fork Grays River Restoration Regulatory Permitting Assistance – Hourly T&M Contract



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