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Frequently Asked Questions

I believe I have Chinook heritage, how can I further research this? Please fill-out this Ancestral chart and return it to the Tribal Office. (Please note: records found at and similar sites may not match official tribal records)

Is there a good Chinook language dictionary? Yes there is, it is available through the University of Washington Press. Chinuk Wawa (also known as Chinook Jargon) is a hybrid lingua franca consisting of simplified Chinookan, combined with contributions from Nuuchahnulth (Nootkan), Canadian French, English, and other languages.

Are the Clatsop part of the Chinook Indian Nation? If you are Clatsop, this is your place. Hundreds of Clatsop have been enrolled with the Chinook Nation for generations. The Chinook Nation has always protected and fought for the rights of our Clatsop people.

Can enrolled members get medical/dental services at other tribal clinics? Since the Chinook Indian Nation is not Federally recognized it is up to each individual tribal clinic if they will honor Chinook members. You must call that tribe's Contract Health Department and inquire. The Chinook Nation does not have a contract health department.

Do enrolled members have fishing/hunting rights? No, the Chinook Indian Nation is not Federally recognized.

Does the Chinook Indian Nation have a casino? No the Chinook Tribe does not have a casino! The Chinook Winds Casino is owned by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

Where can I get information and an application for an Alvina Frisbie Scholarship
Go to Alvina Frisbie Scholarship page.

If I receive an Alvina Frisbie Scholarship do I have to volunteer at all tribal events?
NO, not all events. You are required to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours for the Tribe. See the Volunteering page for a list of volunteer opportunities. Be prepared to volunteer 20 hours each year you apply for the scholarship.

How can I request speakers, drummes, dancers, translation help or other cultural information?
Download this form and submit it to the office or use this online form. Please be aware that due to an overwhelming number of requests that we require a $20 non-refundable processing fee.

How often are newsletters published? We are required by our Constitution to publish a newsletter two weeks before the Annual Meeting. Others are published when we have the funding to do so.

Was Ambassador Chris Stevens Chinook?
Yes, and we mourn the loss of the Ambasador.

Is there a Chinook Language Dictionary Available?
Yes, and a very good one! Chinuk Wawa As Our Elders Teach Us to Speak It Purchase online.