Fri May 27, 2022
Memorial Day Campout
Sat May 28, 2022
Memorial Day Campout
Sat May 28, 2022 @10:00AM
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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 Culture & Canoe

    Memorial Day Campout, Cedar Harvest & Canoe Pull

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    Click here to Register

    Friday, May 27 4:00
    Monday, May 30 12:00
    Cowlitz Landing Property, Toledo

    Canoe Pull - Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am
    Gerhart Gardens, Longview

    Cedar Harvest - Sunday, May 29 at 10:00 am
    Lewis and Clark State Park

    For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-877-Cowlitz

  • Cowlitz Tribal Members
    Honor Us with Your Attendance

    General Council Meeting

    Cowlitz Ballroom
    1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield
    Saturday, June 4, 2022
    Doors open at 8:30 am PST
    Meeting begins at 10:00
    Hand delivered ballots cast by 12:00
    Election Results at 1:00

    Hotel Rendering

    Click here to Pre-register by May 30, 2022

  • Cowlitz Indian Housing Board Opening – Apply Today!

    There is a vacancy to fill on the Housing Board. This will be a 3 year term.

    We are inviting enrolled Cowlitz tribal members over the age of 18 to apply.

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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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