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Cow Creek Umpqua Awards $21K to Local High School Seniors for UCC

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians awarded scholarships totaling $21,000 for local high school seniors that will be attending Umpqua Community College in the fall of 2024.

UCC and UIDC Celebrate Re-Opening of Truck Driving School

Umpqua Indian Development Corporation recently completed a major overhaul of the Umpqua Community College Truck Driving School south of Roseburg.

MMIP Awareness Day is May 5. What do you know about the crisis?

Native and Indigenous communities in America and Canada experience higher rates of violence and violent crimes than other groups of people.

Wildlife Safari Gives New Bear Cub Tribal Name

After a one year old bear cub was discovered orphaned in a remote region of Alaska, Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, and a team of biologists organized a mission to bring him into human care.

National Health Observances in March: Colorectal Cancer, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month March marks Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness and understanding about colorectal cancer – the third most common cancer  diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.

Offshore Wind Projects Invite Comment as Tribes Call For More Research

Despite opposition from Oregon Tribes, the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) continues to move forward with public comment on two areas of potential offshore wind energy development.

Offices Closed Tuesday, March 5

Due to inclement weather, the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribal Government Offices will be closed Tuesday, March 5. We anticipate they will reopen Wednesday, March 6. All events scheduled for the day will be rescheduled.

Tribe Extends $700,000 to Support Children, Families in Josephine County

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians proudly contributed almost three-quarters of a million dollars in February to Josephine County organizations that improve the lives of children and families in the community.

Tribe Joins Mercy Medical Center in Expanding Behavioral Health in Roseburg

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians joined leaders at Mercy Medical Center on Tuesday for the dedication of a new behavioral health facility in Roseburg.

Things to Bring to a Medical Appointment

When going to a doctor’s appointment, it’s essential to bring the necessary items to ensure a smooth and productive visit.

Cow Creek Foundation Awards over $800K to Non-Profits

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation (CCUIF) awarded grants to 83 charities in their fall round of giving on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

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ODFW and Cow Creek Adopt Co-Management Agreement

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) are set to begin a new partnership that will benefit both Tribal members and the environment in Douglas, Lane, Jackson, Josephine and Coos counties.

Public Comments on Coquille Casino in Medford Overwhelmingly Oppose Project

Over and over again, the majority opinion expressed at a December hearing over the Coquille Indian Tribe’s attempt to build a second casino more than 100 miles away from their existing casino was opposed to Coquille expanding anywhere into Jackson County.

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Public Health to Close Mobile Vaccine Site, Boosters Still Available

As local communities in Douglas County learn to live alongside the risks of COVID-19, Cow Creek Public Health will close the mobile vaccine drive-thru site in Roseburg that has administered thousands of doses of COVID vaccine to community members.

Community Education Tops Discussion at Medford Chamber Luncheon

Cow Creek Umpqua government and businesses leaders recently participated in important discussions about education at the Chamber Forum hosted by the Chamber of Medford and Jackson County.

Cow Creek Visit to OSU Ina Haws Longhouse Special for Alumni

In an effort to support native and indigenous students striving for higher education, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians recently contributed $5,000 to the Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws at Oregon State University.

Cow Creek Tribe Signs Co-Management Agreement with Umpqua Nat’l Forest

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians has signed two agreements with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, allowing co-management of Oregon’s Umpqua National Forest.

New Hours for COVID Boosters, Vaccines in December

As winter moves in, the Cow Creek Public Health mobile vaccine drive-thru site is adjusting hours for providing COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and flu shots to the public.

Photos: Tribal Participation at the Roseburg 150 Celebration

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians was recently asked to be a part of the 150th anniversary of the City of Roseburg.

Indian Child Welfare Act Goes before Supreme Court

A case challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is set to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court this month.

University of Oregon Grants Free Tuition to Tribal Students

The University of Oregon made an announcement in October that will make a significant impact in many Tribal members’ lives.

KHN: Will COVID spike again this fall? 6 tips to help you stay safe

Last year, the emergence of the highly transmissible omicron variant of the covid-19 virus caught many people by surprise and led to a surge in cases that overwhelmed hospitals and drove up fatalities. Now we’re learning that omicron is mutating to better evade the immune system.

Tribal Government to Participate in Great Oregon Shakeout

With just a few minutes of practice, you can prepare yourself for the next major earthquake.

Tribal Programs Host Community Health Fair

On Saturday, October 1st, Cow Creek Public Health hosted the Second Annual Community Health Fair at the South Clinic of the Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center in Canyonville, Oregon.

Cow Creek and NRCS Partner to Find Solutions for Healthier Forests

Up the Tiller Trail Highway, a forest rehabilitation project is taking shape that could transform the landscape for generations to come.

Photos: Tribe Conducts Prescribed Burns near Myrtle Creek

Prescribed burns on Cow Creek Umpqua Tribal lands near Myrtle Creek in late September progressed as planned, according to Tribal staff.

Sites in Oregon Renamed for Cow Creek Umpqua Culture

In an effort to eradicate a derogatory Native word, the U.S. government has officially renamed more than 600 places across the country.

Prescribed Burns on Tribal Land Near Myrtle Creek

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians will be conducting a prescribed burn on Tribal land located just north of Myrtle Creek.

Ready your family for disasters and emergencies with this plan

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians encourages area residents to take time to prepare for potential disasters and other emergencies.

Omicron-Updated COVID-19 Boosters and $20 Gift Cards at CCPH

Cow Creek Public Health has adjusted its vaccine schedule and will administer doses of the newly updated COVID-19 booster, redesigned to protect against prevalent strains of the virus, to all members of the community five days a week.

At Winchester Dam, Every Pacific Lamprey Counts

Biologists with the Cow Creek Umpqua Natural Resources team and Tribal students are getting an up-close look at Pacific lamprey in the North Umpqua River.

Counselors Work to Supply Tribal Members with Narcan for Opiate Overdoses

The tragedy of opioid abuse and overdoses are becoming more commonplace in Oregon’s communities, but Cow Creek Behavioral Health is fighting addiction and death with education, prevention, and a life-saving treatment.

OSU offers in-state tuition to all Tribal students

Oregon State University will soon begin offering in-state tuition to students who are enrolled members of federally recognized Native Tribes, regardless of where they live.

New Chairman Elected to Lead Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians has a new Chairman to lead the Tribe for the first time in 12 years.

Public comment sought for Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan

The Cow Creek band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is seeking public comment on the Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (TTIP).

10 Tips for a Safer Home This Wildfire Season

In order to properly prepare for wildfire season, the Cow Creek Public Safety Team wants community members to be aware of just how effective modest fire protection efforts can be.

Prepare for Coming Heat Wave in Umpqua Valley

Beginning the week of July 24, Southern Oregon and the Umpqua Valley will experience a regional heat wave that is expected to last a week.

Career fair, Saturday 7/30, for health professionals

The staff at Cow Creek Heath and Wellness Center is holding a career fair on Saturday, July 30 for anyone in the medical industry who is looking for a new position.

Cow Creek and Oregon Tribes Open World Athletic Championships

Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribes participated in the opening ceremonies of the World Athletic Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene on Friday.

Tribal Youth leaders collaborate at UNITY conference

The Cow Creek Tribal Youth Council attended the National UNITY (United National Indian Tribal Youth) Conference in Minneapolis in July, where they were able to learn from other young Tribal members across the country.

Dial 988 for Mental Health; Suicide Prevention Number Ready to Launch

Just like 911, there is a new, nationwide emergency phone number for the public, dedicated to suicide and mental health crises.

Wildfire season may have been delayed, but it’s here now

Cow Creek Tribal leadership, along with Public Safety Administrator Doug Ladd and Cow Creek Tribal Police, have prepared some tips for coping with wildfire season in Southern Oregon.

Cow Creek donates PPE supplies to local EMS

Cow Creek Health & Wellness and Cow Creek Public Health made a donation to Umpqua Valley Ambulance Thursday, providing boxes of extra personal protective gear in order to help keep EMS workers in Douglas County safe.

Cow Creek Education Director talks to OPB about new grant for Tribal students

Cow Creek recently participated in a conversation on Oregon Public Broadcasting regarding a new grant program for Tribal students designed to offset the costs of higher education.

Cow Creek Public Health Starts COVID Vaccines for Kids Under 5 Friday

Cow Creek Public Health will begin vaccinating children under the age of 5 for COVID-19 on Friday.

Resources for Finding Baby Formula

President Biden has directed his Administration to work urgently to ensure that during the Abbott Nutrition voluntary recall, infant formula is safe and available for families across the country.

Cow Creek Tribal Police Swear in Officer Matt Kennedy

This afternoon of June 14, 2022, Cow Creek Tribal Police Chief Brett Johnson swore in the newest Cow Creek Tribal Police Officer, Matt Kennedy, at the Tribal Government Offices in Roseburg, Oregon.

Remaining Closures in 2022 for Cow Creek Tribal Government

The Cow Creek Tribal Government offices will be closed for some holidays in 2022.

Batches of 8 free, at-home COVID tests now available from U.S. Government

A third series of free, at-home COVID-19 self tests are available to order from the U.S. Government, federal health officials announced in May.

KHN: Blackfeet Nation’s Plight Underscores the Fentanyl Crisis on Reservations

Fentanyl has taken root in Montana and in communities across the Mountain West during the pandemic, after formerly being prevalent mostly east of the Mississippi River.

COVID booster shots for kids now available

Cow Creek Public Health will begin administering COVID-19 booster shots to kids between ages 5-11 beginning Tuesday, May 31.

Grand Opening of Stix Sports Bar at Seven Feathers

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians officially reopened Stix Sports Bar in a Grand Opening ceremony at Seven Feathers Casino Resort on Wednesday.

Dozens of Burial Sites at U.S. Indian Schools Investigated

A new report from the U.S. Department of the Interior reveals a staggering number of atrocities committed against indigenous children while housed by government-run boarding schools during the last century.

Events and Resources for Veterans in the Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Warmsprings Areas

Six resources for Tribal veterans

Updated 2022 Oregon Veteran Benefits Magazine

Published annually by the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the 2022 Veteran Benefits Magazine introduces readers to the services and benefits available to veterans and their families in Oregon.

NACF Hosts “Where Waters Come Together” Exhibition

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition at the Center for Native Arts and Cultures (the Center).

2022 Cow Creek Veterans Informational Conference

The first day of the 2022 Annual Cow Creek Veterans Informational Conference was a big success.

Boosters Recommended; Public Health Restarts Mobile Site

Another COVID-19 variant is circulating in the U.S., so Cow Creek Public Health is responding by renewing efforts to administer vaccines and booster doses to anyone eligible.

2022 Annual Cow Creek Veterans Conference

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Attend the Annual Cow Creek Veteran’s Informational Conference

Cow Creek Tribal Police Swear-In Newest Officer

Cow Creek Tribal Police swore-in their newest police office on Thursday in the Cow Creek Tribal Board Room.

A Bright Future for West Fork Cow Creek Watershed

Forestry and Natural Resources have spent years working and coordinating with other agencies to bring new life to the West Fork Cow Creek watershed.

Cow Creek Lifts Indoor Masks In Tandem With Oregon

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians announced Wednesday that masks will no longer be required indoors within most areas of the Tribal Government starting next week.

Order More COVID Home Tests from U.S. Government

A second series of free, at-home COVID-19 self tests are available to order from the U.S. Government, federal officials announced in early March.

Remodeled Stix Sports Bar Ready to Reopen

Stix Sports Bar, the most popular food outlet at Seven Feathers Casino Resort, has been closed for renovations since Labor Day 2021, but the remodel coming this Spring will be well worth the wait.

Flying Lark Plans Ruled Unconstitutional by Oregon DOJ

Oregon’s top attorneys have ruled that historic horse racing machines cannot be installed at the Flying Lark in Grants Pass because they violate the state’s constitution.

Tribal Members Invited to Celebrate 40th Anniversary in April

In 2022, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is celebrating 40 years since receiving federal recognition from the U.S. Government.

Flying Lark Owner Seeks Partners to Avoid Layoffs

The billionaire coffee stand owner behind the Flying Lark in Grants Pass says he thinks Oregon’s Tribes could co-partner with him to sustain the horse racing track and entertainment facility.

South Clinic Reopens COVID-19 Testing for Tribe & Employees

In response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 causing a surge in infections regionally across Southern Oregon, Cow Creek Health and Wellness and Cow Creek Public Health are reopening COVID-19 testing, though only for Cow Creek Tribal members and employees of the Tribe.

Order free COVID self-tests now from U.S. Government

Every American household can now order four at-home COVID testing kits per month, free of charge, from the U.S. Government.

OHA Hosts COVID Vaccine Sites in Roseburg & Spirit Mountain

The Oregon Health Authority has opened a daily COVID vaccine/booster/testing site in Roseburg.

Should you upgrade your mask? Advice from KHN

Article by: Victoria Knight, Kaiser Health News

How to get a COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster

Cow Creek Public Health continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots to any member of the public five-days-a-week.

Government Office Closed Monday, Jan. 17

The Cow Creek Tribal Government Offices in Roseburg will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

OHA: What to do after testing for COVID-19

OHA now allows for self-reporting of positive COVID-19 test results from at-home testing kits.

OHA: How to quarantine if you were exposed COVID-19

OHA now allows for self-reporting of positive COVID-19 test results from at-home testing kits.

OHA: How to isolate if you have COVID-19

OHA now allows for self-reporting of positive COVID-19 test results from at-home testing kits.

Self-report COVID positive test results online to OHA

Oregon Health Authority has created a website and a hotline for Oregonians to self-report positive test results from at-home COVID tests.

Mobile Health Drive-Thru Closed Friday 1/14/22

The Cow Creek Public Health Mobile Drive-Thru Site on Stephens Street will be closed on Friday, January 14, due to unexpected circumstances.

2021 News Posts

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Layer Up on COVID-19 Protection to Stay in Schools

As we enter the holiday season and winter months ahead, it is important to remember our communities will be living with COVID-19 until there is widespread immunity.

Canyonville Clinic Alerts Patients to Closures During December, January

Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center in Canyonville will be closed intermittently for the next few weeks due to provider staffing.

Notice: Nesika and Local Pharmacy Services

A notification was posted Friday, December 17 regarding Nesika insurance holders who utilize pharmacy services at Hometown Drugs in Roseburg and Sutherlin Drug.

Get Free Food for Getting Vaccinated

COVID booster appointments now open to the public

Any person who wants to receive a booster COVID-19 vaccine from Cow Creek Public Health may now call to schedule their appointment.

Get Free Food by Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit our Public Health page.

Tribal Members Talk Lamprey and Takelma for NPR Podcast

Two Cow Creek Tribal members were recently featured on a well-known national podcast, promoting Cow Creek culture and language to millions of ears, while also stressing the ecological importance of an endangered regional river species.

Western Oregon Project Rise Event for Aspiring Teachers

Interested in becoming a licensed teacher? Western Oregon University is hosting an event on November 16 in conjunction with Umpqua Community College, Douglas Education Service District, and the Cow Creek Tribe that can help!

UIUC seeks bid for new Water Quality System

The Umpqua Indian Utility Cooperative (UIUC) is requesting that your firm provide a proposal for the construction of the Creekside Development Reservoir #1 Water Quality Hypolimnetic system.

Free COVID Vaccine Clinic for Kids 5-11

Cow Creek Public Health will be holding a free, drive-thru clinic to help get children ages 5-11 in Douglas County vaccinated against COVID-19.

Public Health begins COVID-19 booster campaign

Cow Creek Public Health is now administering COVID-19 booster shots to those who were vaccinated through the health agency earlier this year.

Tribes Unite Against Private Gambling in Grants Pass

A group of Oregon’s Tribal leaders, including Cow Creek Board of Directors Chairman Dan Courtney, are united in their opposition to a proposed private gambling project in Grants Pass.

Government Offices Reopen to Public

Leadership of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Government Offices have moved to reopen campus to Tribal members and the general public beginning the week of October 18, 2021.

Public Health leaders recall tough days during Delta surge

Douglas County’s top public health expert recently heralded the efforts by Cow Creek Public Health as an integral part of the region’s response to COVID-19 during the Delta surge.

Roseburg Clinic Ready to Open Tuesday

After months of planning, the new location of the Cow Creek Health & Wellness Center North Clinic is ready to see its first patients.

New Cow Creek Clinic in Roseburg Opens in October

After months of construction and planning, the Cow Creek Health & Wellness North Clinic will move and open a new clinic location in Roseburg during the first week of October.

Seven Feathers Will Close for Upgrades

Seven Feathers Casino Resort will be closed to the public for nearly a week beginning Sunday.

Changes to Public COVID Testing and Vaccinations

After more than 3,000 COVID-19 tests administered to the public since August, Cow Creek Public Health and Cow Creek Health and Wellness will refocus efforts in the coming weeks on clinic operations, preparing for cold and flu season, and expanding vaccinations and coronavirus treatments.

COVID Testing, Vaccinations Closed for Labor Day

After administering hundreds of free COVID-19 tests and free COVID-19 vaccines over the last month, Cow Creek health officials will briefly pause their efforts for Labor Day.

Tribe Will Not Participate in Veterans Day Parade

Due to COVID-19 health concerns and restrictions, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Government Offices will not be participating in the Veterans Day Parade, scheduled for November 11, 2021.

Veteran Firearm Injury Study, Hosted by OHSU

The Health Experiences Research Network (HERN), which is part of Oregon Health and Science University, is conducting a study to understand the experiences of Veterans who have experienced a firearm injury outside of active military service.

Tagged Elk Traveled Miles, Tribal Wildlife Team Discovers

A nearly four-year research project to better understand the local Roosevelt elk populations on Cow Creek tribal lands is coming to a close, and technicians are excited to report a surprising discovery.

Cow Creek COVID-19 Vaccine Public Service Announcements

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians recently adopted a campaign to promote vaccination in Douglas County as new infections surge locally all around us.

COVID Testing and Vaccine Clinics Through September

Due to a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections spreading across Douglas County, Cow Creek Public Health will be offering FREE COVID-19 testing and free vaccinations to the community seven-days-a-week for the next several weeks.

Public Health Flu Events This Fall

Join your Cow Creek Public Health Team for FREE flu and COVID vaccines, flu kits, and emergency preparedness backpacks this fall when they travel across Southern Oregon and Washington.