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Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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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  • My daughter, son in law and myself went out to check out the museum, they had a special part of the museum for Sept. being it was round up month. very interesting 
  • A good educational trip. Might make you a little sad though. Wonder what happened to such a proud race. The area us beautiful too. Walk outside and look around. Really pretty surroundings. Right next ...  read more »
  • This is a Umatilla Indian history museum located on the reservation . It does a very good job of presenting the history of the American Indians in this area from the Indian perspective. There are nume...  read more »
  • Wonderful presentation of the plateau culture.
  • Exhibits are informative and the staff was helpful. This is a beautiful cultural and educational resource.
  • Beautifully curated and exhibited view of history. I was very moved and vastly informed by this place.
  • Very well done. Informative. 2 hours was not nearly enough time to see it all.
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