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Our Mission

To follow and carry out the guidance of the Cowlitz Indian tribe’s: constitution; laws; ordinance; civil and criminal statutes; and the rules and regulations, in a spirit of support for the Cowlitz tribal members. We strive in fostering justice, freedom and equality for the Cowlitz tribal members.

The department was created to continue in backing social economic justices for the Cowlitz people; to protect and secure the aboriginals lands and natural resources, and therein preserve the Cowlitz culture.


The Cowlitz Public Safety Department has recently enrolled in the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Benefits of participation in CALEA Accreditation are but not limited too.

  • Increased community advocacy. Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which law enforcement agencies and citizens work together to prevent, and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.
  • Staunch support from government officials: Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service-delivery. Thus, government official is more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
  • Stronger defense against civil lawsuits: Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits. Also, many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them, once they become accredited.
  • Reduced risk and liability exposure: Many agencies report a reduction in their liability insurance costs and/or reimbursement of accreditation fees.
  • Greater accountability within the agency: CALEA standards give the CEO a proven management system of written directives, sound training, a clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation.


The Cowlitz Public Safety Department Tribal Police Department will make history by becoming the first tribal law enforcement program on the West Coast of the United States of America to achieve this gold standard in law enforcement.

We are currently enrolled in the program and we have a three-year window to achieve CALEA Accreditation standards This will be team effort which will require teamwork, dedication and perseverance.



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Our phone # is 360-727-2119 and the address is 31501 NW 31st Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642


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The Cowlitz Tobacco Outlet opened for business on January 12, 2018.   

The store is located on the reservation beneath the big electronic ilani billboard. 
The actual store address is 31401 NW 31st Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642 and the phone number is 360-727-2161

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 Cowlitz Tobacco Outlet Grand Opening Celebration!   Friday, April 6, 2018 from 11am to 2 pm.  Free Hot Dogs!  Door prizes and giveaways!

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The Cowlitz Tribe Education and Arts Fund

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe and ilani Resort believe that art, culture, and education are a foundation for personal fulfillment, thriving families, and strong communities.

Through the Cowlitz Tribe Education and Arts Fund, the Tribe will award grant funding to explore innovation, leverage resources, and support efforts to bring art, culture, and education to the people and communities of Clark County, Washington.

These investments are implemented through a series of responsive grants and directed grants.

Eligible applicants must be either: a nonprofit agency recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service or a government or recognized Tribal agency.

Eligible projects must seek funds for education, arts, and/or cultural activities that will take place in Clark County, Washington.

An application for funding will be posted on our website very soon. Please check back here for updates.

If you would like to be added to our email list and receive periodic updates on the Cowlitz Tribe Education and Arts Fund, then please contact us by clicking here.