|Tribe - Cowlitz
Our aboriginal villages were along the Cowlitz and Lewis River drainages, extending up to the crest of the Cascade Mountains near Mount Saint Helens; a recorded subject of our legends. Th is was an important passageway for Indians and later, Hudson Bay Company traders and American settlers. Today I-5 parallels this route.
Our ancestors listened with interest to treaty councils in the 1850s, but did not feel the proposals suitable to their needs. We endured over 140- year state of limbo, before the federal government acknowledged our existence. We are located in Longview.