Warm Springs

Special Events - January: New Year's Day Feast - February: Lincoln's Pow-Wow and Celery Feast - March: Kah-Nee-Ta Mini Marathon - April: Root Feast and Salmon Feast - June: Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days Pow-Wow - July: 4th of July Fireworks - August: Huckleberry Feast - October: Warm Springs Arts and Crafts Show and Kah-Nee-Ta Fun Run - November: Veteran's Pow-Wow and Thanksgiving Mini-Pow-Wow - December:Warm Springs Christmas Bazaar and New Year's Eve Celebration

The Warm Springs Reservation is the gateway to Central Oregon on scenic Highway 26 from Portland. It is the homeland for over 3,400 tribal members, most of whom live in the community of Warm Springs.

The 1,000 square mile reservation was created by treaty in 1855, prior to Oregon's statehood. Tribal territory originally comprised more than 15,000 square miles, which was deeded to the U.S. government in turn for retaining and preserving rights to self-govern, fish, hunt and gather foods in accustomed places. Traditional foods include salmon, huckleberries, numerous roots, deer and elk.

The Tribes operate under a constitution and corporate charter. An eleven-member Tribal Council serves as the governing body, which has a combination of legislative, executive and judicial responsibilities. Tribal Council appointed boards of directors oversee major enterprises, including Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Warm Springs Power Enterprise, Warm Springs Forest Products Industries, Warm Springs Apparel Industries and the Museum At Warm Springs.

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs includes Wasco, Warm Springs and Northern Paiute Tribes.

Reservation lands extend from the summit of the Cascade Mountains and snowcapped Mt. Jefferson at 510,497 feet, east to the Deschutes River's elevation at 1,000 feet. Over half the reservation is forested, with the remainder primarily rangeland. Natural beauty abounds, including Alpine lakes, pristine rivers, deep canyons and vistas of high desert and volcanic peaks. The Metolius River and Lake Billy Chinook form the southern boundary.

Tribal government provides a variety of services, including education, fire protection and safety, utilities, health, resource management, business development and recreation.

The tribal economy is primarily based on natural resources, including hydropower, forest products and ranching. Tourism and recreation are also important economic factors. Visitors are drawn to the uniqueness of The Museum At Warm Springs and Kah-Nee-Ta Hot Springs Resort, which are year-round attractions.