Coquille Tribe celebrates restoration anniversary

Coos Bay, Oregon (AP) 7-09

The Coquille Tribe celebrated the 20th anniversary of its restoration during June.

The tribe reinstituted an annual salmon ceremony the year before its 1989 restoration, and a similar salmon dinner highlighted the weekend celebration.

Tribal leaders say they want to continue building on the tribe’s success, with self-sufficiency a primary goal. Ed Metcalf, the chairman of the tribal council, says that means supplying tribal members with education, jobs and medical care.

The tribe consists of 905 members. Coos County is home to 295 of them, and another 165 live in four surrounding counties.

 

 

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