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Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Mission Statement

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians upholds Tribal Government, protects and preserves Tribal sovereignty, history, culture and the general welfare of the Tribal membership, and serves to provide for the long-term economic needs of the Tribe and its members through the economic development of Tribal lands.

The Tribe encourages and promotes a strong work ethic and personal independence for Tribal members, while strongly upholding the “government to government” relationship with local, State and Federal governments. The Tribe constantly strives to maintain and develop strong cooperative relationships that benefit the Tribe and local community.

Statement Regarding Philanthropy on Behalf of the Tribal Board of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians 

Due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently accepting Donation or Sponsorship Requests. We hope to once again offer donations after August 1, 2020. Thank you for your patience in this difficult time.

Statement on Behalf of the Tribal Board of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

March 17, 2020

Continuing developments regarding COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, have been very present in recent days. As of today, no cases of this virus have been diagnosed among the Cow Creek community or staff.

However, to do our part in keeping our members, patrons, employees, and the surrounding communities safe and healthy, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Tribal Board held an emergency session and voted unanimously to declare a state of emergency. They have instructed the Cow Creek Government Offices to remain open for the time being, with some departments reducing staff or working remotely so that key services can be maintained.

This decision was not made lightly, but is in keeping with our responsibility to heed the guidance and best practices of national, state, and local public health experts. We will continue to work with these experts and other such agencies to monitor the situation and provide further updates.

For more information, please view the information provided by the Center for Disease Control at this link.

If you plan to visit the Government Offices for any reason, please call ahead to 541-672-9405.

Sincerely, Dan Courtney, Chairman of the Tribal Board

In The Tribal Courts of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

In the Matter of Imposing Restrictions on Tribal Court Operations; Chief Judge Order Imposing Restrictions and Guidance on Court Operations

March 20, 2020

On March 17, 2020, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Tribal Board held an emergency session and voted unanimously to declare a state of emergency in response to continuing developments regarding COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

The Tribal Board in recognition of its role in doing its part in keeping Tribal members, patrons, employees, and the surrounding communities safe and healthy, has instructed the Cow Creek Government Offices to remain open for the time being, with some departments reducing staff or working remotely so that key services can be maintained.

As part of this reduction, all Tribal Courts will be restricting access to limit the number of persons in our court and places of work. While the Courts will remain open, services will be limited. The Court Clerk will be unavailable during this time period.

During this period, all correspondence to the Courts and phone messages will be monitored; however, please understand that responses may be delayed. Any emergency actions will be addressed by the Chief Judge. Routine matters will be handled as staff time allows.

As Chairman Courtney noted, this decision was not made lightly, but is in keeping with our responsibility to heed the guidance and best practices of Tribal, national, state, and local public health experts. The Tribal Board’s direction is consistent with the guidance to reduce gatherings as part of efforts to curve the trend of transmission of COVID-19 during this global pandemic. Chairman Courtney further noted that “[t]his pandemic is a national public health crisis that requires all of us to unify across all levels of government to protect the health and well-being of our Tribes and communities.”

NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority granted to the Chief Judge by the Tribal Board under the Cow Creek Tribal Legal Code 1-4-10; 1-40-50; 1-50-10 and 1-50-50,

I HEREBY ORDER that the following restrictions on Tribal Court operations be in effect beginning on March 17 and continuing until such time as the Tribal Board lifts the emergency declaration.

1. The Tribal Court’s phones and mail will be monitored during established business hours.

2. Where necessary to provide required court services, the Courts shall consider their ability to provide services remotely or telephonically.

3. The Tribal Courts shall not provide in-person services except as provided herein. Tribal Courts shall postpone and not schedule any in-person matters, hearings or trials during the period of this emergency except on proper motion and approval by the Chief Judge. The Chief Judge shall determine for any direct court services, whether the Tribal Court is legally required to provide in-person court services and if so, make arrangements to provide those services consistent with the emergency declaration.

4. The Chief Judge has the discretion to order that a particular trial, hearing, matter or other court operation take place only if there is a need for in-person court action, if it is possible to achieve appropriate social distancing; and, if reasonable precautions can be implemented that will protect the health of the participants.

5. lf a person seeking in-person services exhibits symptoms associated with COVID-19, the Chief Judge may refuse service to the person and direct the person to leave the court facilities. Any subsequent proceedings will be limited to telephonic or video proceedings.

6. Notice of these restrictions shall be made to available to any party seeking court attention.

7. This Order is effective immediately.

Dated this 20th Day of March, 2020

Chief Judge, Tribal Court of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Tribal Story

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is one of nine federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments in the State of Oregon. The Cow Creek Tribal Nation, located in Southwestern Oregon, is governed by an elected eleven-member council known as the Tribal Board of Directors. The Cow Creek Tribe has a rich history in southern Oregon that reflects hard work, perseverance and the desire to be self-reliant.