Tue Jan 21, 2020 @12:00PM
Elder’s Nutrition & Events
Menu: Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowl
Tue Jan 21, 2020 @ 6:00PM
Cowlitz Housing Board Meeting
Wed Jan 22, 2020 @12:00PM
Elder’s Nutrition & Events
Menu: Mongolian Chicken, Rice


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. 



  • Request for Proposal

    The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is soliciting proposals to facilitate a series of one to two-day quarterly planning retreats with Tribal Council in 2020. The first retreat is planned for March 8, 2020. The other dates (flexible) are projected for May, August and October.

    Proposals deadline: Due February 17, 2020 by 4pm

    Click to view PDF for more information

  • Attention Youth!

    FEMA Region 10 Youth Preparedness Camp

    Deadline January 19, 2020

    This July FEMA will bring 40 students to our six-day, five-night preparedness camp just outside Anchorage, Alaska.


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  • Hazel Pete Institute
    Chehalis Basketry
    Winter Weaving:
    Weavers Teaching Weavers

    Chehalis Community Center
    Feb 21st & 22nd, 2020 | 9am-4pm 
    Cowlitz Tribal Member Registration deadline: Feb 1st, 2020

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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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