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An Oregon Coast celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal culture


September 14-15, 2013

Featuring Native American concert with Joanne Shenandoah, canoe races, a traditional salmon bake dinner, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, a Native American marketplace, children's activities and two evening concerts with Jan Michael Looking Wolf, this free weekend event is an entertaining educational experience that the whole family will enjoy.

SalmonLinked to the traditional observance marking the return of the salmon, The Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration began as a means of sharing the heritage, culture and traditions of the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Pacific Northwest Tribes with residents and visitors to Oregon's Bay Area. Now in it's seventh year, the event attracts Native American artisans and musicians from throughout the Western United States and Canada.

CanoeKnown for it's traditional salmon bake dinner where fresh salmon is prepared in the time-honored Coquille open-pit manner, the Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration offers visitors the opportunity to experience Native American culture, art, food and music.

Coquille Tribe

The Coquille Tribe is a community whose binding thread is their Coquille identity; where members give to and receive from the Tribe; and where Tribal sovereignty and culture are exercised and protected by decisions and actions that are based on the long-term sustainable health and well-being of the Tribe and the region.


The Coquille Indians lived and prospered in the southwest region of Oregon for centuries. With the arrival of the white man in the late 1700s, diseases such as smallpox, measles and plague decimated entire villages; then, in the 1850s, a new form of "fever" — the discovery of gold — led to an influx of settlers whose mining bespoiled the rivers and whose hostility toward the Native Americans caused destruction and murder in village after village.
Although a treaty negotiated in 1855 acknowledged Indian title to the Coquille lands, it was overlooked and never ratified when it reached Congress, and the Coquille were marched northward to the Coast Reservation, where overcrowding and disease took their toll. Over the years, many Coquille returned to their homelands and fought for acknowledgement of the treaty. By 1989, the Tribe was successfully restored to Federal recognition and Tribal sovereignty.

The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park

The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park is located on the waterfront in North Bend, Oregon, making it an ideal base location for exploring the North Bend/Coos Bay area including Oregon Dunes, Shore Acres State Park and activities such as fishing, crabbing, clamming, whale watching, boating, golfing and strolling along the boardwalk. The full-service property features over 200 hotel rooms, over 700 slots, along with blackjack, roulette and poker in addition to five on-site restaurants; meeting, wedding and banquet facilities, and a 102-space waterfront RV Park

For more information about making The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park the centerpiece of your Oregon Coast getaway or for more information on all the latest attractions, events and entertainment call 800.953.4800 or visit