Tue Dec 01, 2020 @12:00PM
Elder’s Nutrition & Events
Menu: *Pick-up Only* - Dinning Hall Closed
Wed Dec 02, 2020 @12:00PM
Elder’s Nutrition & Events
Menu: *Pick-up Only* Dinning Hall Closed
Thu Dec 03, 2020 @11:00AM
Elders Food Drop


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. 


  • A message from Chairman Harju:

    Cowlitz Tribal members, and ilani staff and patrons,

    As the State of Washington works to face growing challenges presented by COVID-19, the health, safety, and stability of the Cowlitz people remains our number one priority. Because of this, Cowlitz Tribe has made the decision to keep ilani Resort open...

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    Philip Harju, Chairman & COO
    of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe 

    Updates on Elders returning to
    their homes at St. Mary’s 
    Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    The mold inspection is complete, remediation work continues on the 3rd floor and basement of D-wing. All of the Elder’s homes at Cowlitz Village have undergone a deep cleaning. 

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    Philip Harju, Chairman & COO

    Update to Members of the
    Cowlitz Indian Tribe 

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

    Chairman Harju shares important updates for Cowlitz Tribal Members


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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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