Coquille Indian Tribe Chief Don Ivy has died of cancer

By Brian Bull (KLCC)
July 23, 2021 11:03 p.m.
A man stands and smiles on a boat, with a fishing rode to his side and water in the background.

Coquillle Chief Don Ivy.

Provided by the Coquille Indian Tribe

The chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe has died.  Don Ivy had been undergoing cancer treatment for seven months before passing away at the age of 70 Monday night.


Bob Zybak, a doctoral researcher of environmental science, is among those mourning Ivy’s death. He told KLCC that Ivy was a tribal scholar and the two of them had worked on a trails project.

“I’ve known Don for about 30 years, and yes, we did put out the Coquille trails report hoping to get it into local schools at some point,” Zybak said.

“Don was just a really good guy and a great tribal leader. He loved to fish, we worked mostly on historical materials related to Coquille Tribe, and think his legacy will be the tribe’s history and his efforts to assemble that.”

Coquille tribal chair Brenda Meade called Ivy a “consistent source of wisdom and kindness” for his people.

Ivy had served as chief of the Coquille since 2014. A memorial service is planned for Saturday afternoon at the Mill Casino-Hotel in North Bend.

A special election will be held to choose his successor.


Related Stories

This complex off of River Road and Division Avenue will host the Coquille Tribe's new clinic after some remodeling work is done. The existing tenants (Gentle Dental, Willamette Valley Mammography, and Axis Physical Therapy) will remain.

Coquille Indian Tribe opening new medical clinic in Eugene

The tribe’s already developing a wellness center in Coos Bay, but citing the “Potlatch Tradition” of sharing resources, Coquille officials say they’re starting a new one in Eugene, more than 100 miles away, where an estimated 6,000 Indigenous people live.