Our history, identify, and tribal sovereignty are indistinguishable from the land. From time immemorial, it has always been so. [We have begun] the process of reclaiming our ancestral lands and identity as distinct, self-governing peoples. Today, we are continuing to restore our ancestral land base.
--Exhibit label in the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute ( 1998)
THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES of the Umatilla recently opened their $18 million dollar Tamástslikt Cultural Institute; the name means "interpreter" in the Walla Walla language. Tamástslikt is located at the foot of the Blue Mountains, about seven miles east of Pendleton, Oregon, part of the Wildhorse Resort that also includes a casino, a 100-room hotel, a 100-space RV park, and an 18-hole golf course. The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is the only Indian-owned museum along the Oregon Trail, and the Umatilla are anxious to tell their story to the thousands of tourists who travel this way each summer.