The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
The Museum At Warm Springs is chartered by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and opened in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) educational institution. We exists as an answer to a question that has troubled all Native Americans and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs:
“Can this nation’s indigenous peoples take meaningful steps on their own initiative, under their own control, to halt the erosion of their traditions, the dispersal of their sacred artifacts, and the loss of their very identity as a culture?”
After 25 years the answer to this question is, decidedly YES.
The 25th Anniversary
The Museum At Warm Springs is celebrating 25 years as a community treasure and key cultural resource to perpetuate the culture and heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. To mark this milestone, The Museum will present a year-long program highlighting significant events, individuals and activities integral to our mission.
“It is a treasure beyond measure and if there is anything I want to “stimulate” it is the perpetuation of this very special institution…there is no better place and value than helping—even in a small way—the Museum At Warm Springs.” – Victor Atiyeh (Governor of Oregon 1979-1987)
The Changing Exhibit Gallery features special opportunities to experience the art, history and culture of the Tribes, including:
“Twanat: Celebrate Our Legacy” opened March 17, runs until May 26 and honors the creation and opening of The Museum in Warm Springs in March, 2013.
“Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands” is this year’s featured exhibit. “Memory of the Land” will open June 21 and run through November 3. Since time immemorial, it has been the Tribes responsibility as protectors of the land to follow the unwritten laws of the Creator.
From 1855 until now, it is still the Tribes’ responsibility to continue as stewards of the land. A special alcove in “Memory of the Land” will display the case that houses the selected Treaty pages.