Tamastslikt 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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  • Amazing changing exhibits and very nice fixed attractions. There is a lovely cafe specializing in Huckleberry delights. The first Friday of each month admission is free, so you have everything to gain...  more »
  • You should not photograph and it is a bit far away but sure do, you learn how the Indians lived in the past and how it is now. Interesting museum and educational
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  • The first section of this large exhibit is on water and its origins, cycles, and impact on our life. Beyond this is a series of exhibits taking you through the lore of the origins and the history of t...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful alternative to the several colonist romance narratives found at other nearby museums. The Institute provides a wholistic picture of the area’s history.
  • A very interesting, albeit sad walk through the Native American experience. We need to remember our history, both good and bad, I think, and this Institute presents it in a positive, captivating manner. Just a little out of the way, but worth the time.
  • Wonderful museum, not so large that it gets to be too much. Spend 2 hours here. Some interactive things helps with the kids!
  • This cultural museum contains many artifacts you won't see anywhere else. When you visit you get to learn about the native culture, hear their songs, learn about their past successes and hardships, hear about current projects, and hear some historical truth not many others will tell you. Plus the restaurant is good. Whole the gift shop is pricey, they have many gifts from local artists, and Huckleberry food I can't find anywhere else; not to mention Pendleton blankets and other Pendleton products.
  • Pretty cool to visit. Interesting history all within. Kids loved it.
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