Potlatch

Sharing With Our Neighbors

The word “Potlatch” denotes a tradition of gift giving, long practiced by Indian Tribes along the Pacific Northwest Coast.  As a potlatch tribe, the Coquille Indians joyfully embrace the potlatch spirit of  sharing with our neighbors. The potlatch tradition infuses and inspires everything we do.

As Coos County’s second-largest employer, our economic development ventures benefit the entire South Coast community.  Our Coquille Tribal Community Fund has shared more than $5.5 million with dozens of community organizations since 2001.  And we happily share our cultural traditions to enrich community life.

Through the spirit of potlatch, we help our communities to grow and prosper!

What Others Say About Us

“Opening our new museum was a huge task. The Coquille Indian Tribe was not only the museum’s largest single donor, but offered enormous time, labor, and wisdom as we expanded our role in the community. We’re not alone. The Tribe helps sustain scores of area organizations. Coos County has many good community partners. The Tribe is, without a doubt, first among them.”
– Frank Smoot
Former Director, Coos History Museum

 

“I can without hesitation tell you that the Coquille Tribe is a beneficial partner for my city and area. And I would expect that should their plans come to pass for your area, you too will come to know their values, their responsiveness and their generosity.”
– Rick Wetherell
Mayor, City of North Bend

 

“I believe that the Coquille Indian Tribe is an outstanding community partner, and I expect that their values, responsiveness, and generosity will make them valuable members of any other jurisdiction where they choose to create jobs and provide services.”
–Rodger Craddock
Coos Bay City Manager