Coquille Indian Tribe

Coquille Indian Tribe

Coquille Indian Tribe

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The Coquille Indian Tribe is the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs-recognized Native American tribal entity of the Coquille people, who have traditionally lived on the southern Oregon Coast.


Pre-contact through the mid-19th century

Treaty with the United States

In 1855, Joel Palmer, Oregon Superintendent of Indian Affairs, negotiated a treaty with the Coquille and surrounding tribes that set aside of coastline that extended from the Siltcoos River to Cape Lookout to form the Coastal (or Siletz) Indian Reservation near present-day Florence. The remnants of the original Coastal Indian Reservation are contained in the Siletz Reservation and associated tribally owned lands. Over the years many Coquilles returned to their traditional homeland and fought for the acknowledgement of the Treaty of 1855.

Termination and restoration

The U.S. federal government terminated its recognition of the Coquille as part of the Termination Act of 1954.

In 1989 the tribe regained its federal recognition.<ref...
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