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Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton

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The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is a museum and research institute located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton in eastern Oregon. It is the only Native American museum along the Oregon Trail. The institute is dedicated to the culture of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes of Native Americans. The main permanent exhibition of the museum provides a history of the culture of three tribes, and of the reservation itself. The museum also has a second hall for temporary exhibitions of specific types of Native American art, craftwork, history, and folklore related to the tribes.HistoryThe widely celebrated Oregon Trail sesquicentennial in 1993 served as a platform for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to present their vision for the future, and convey their interpretation of the past. The original proposal for the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute site detailed a $13 million Oregon Trail interpretive center that would “tell the story of the Oregon Trail from a Native American perspective,” and be an economic and cultural stimulus. The Tribes anticipated the interpretive center to increase local investments and create “more than 800 full-time jobs.” The initial funding strategy included federal funds, local fund raising, grants, video poker profits, and “the commitment of timber from the U.S. Forest Service,” in constructing the interpretive center. After three years of lobbying, the Confederated Tribes were denied federal funding on the basis that the Interior Department’s budget did not "include any money for Indian interpretive centers.” Shortly after the decision, the Oregon Legislature allocated a minimum of “$666,000 in lottery funds” to the construction of the Oregon Trail Interpretive center.
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  • Wonderful museum depicting the Tamastslikt Culture. The displays were well done and very informative. Learned so much from this stop and gained a real appreciation for the culture. Great gift shop. Ou...  more »
  • The museum is a must, especially for anyone studying the Oregon Trail history. It gives the Native American perspective on the white man coming to live in their territory -- both the positives (the in...  more »
  • Well worth the visit. If you have out-of-town guests, a must see. And it's close to the casino - make it a two'fer!  more »
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  • Great facility with ample shaded parking under solar panels. Learn about the effects of the immigration to the American West from the native perspective. Lost cultural knowledge and heritage, land annexed by the newcomers-this is a much needed contribution to American history.
  • Great place with lots of importance for the Native American tribes of Oregon. Everyone should visit this place at least once in their lifetime!
  • Fascinating and very well-done museum. Easy to navigate and beautifully appointed.
  • Rich Indian culture, touched my heart.
  • Worth the time. Very nice museum.