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June 27 - October 24

 “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” opens on Saturday, June 27 and runs through October 24.  This 3,000 square foot  exhibit will be complemented by the “Alcatraz: The Last Day” photo exhibition, a collection by Life Magazine photographer Leigh Wiener.

These comprehensive exhibits presented by CHI St. Anthony Hospital, Mahoney Group, and Wells Fargo showcase Alcatraz Island’s fascinating history and infamous inmates. Specific installations include “How Do You Know Alcatraz?” which offers a compelling introduction, complete with a model of the island and a look at The Rock’s place in history and in movies.  Additionally, there are four quadrants that feature the following: a “Military History”; an authentic replica of a prison cell that is the centerpiece of the “Life on the Inside”; “Strength: The Native American Indian Occupation”; and “Preserving the Rock.”  Alcatraz Island has a history with the Native American population because of the occupation by the group Indians of All Tribes (IAT) for 19 months, from November 20, 1969 to June 11, 1971.



October 9
Cáw Pawá Láakni - They Are Not Forgotten Book Signing 2pm-4pm

 "Cáw Pawá Láakni - They Are Not Forgotten" is a book like none other. With information drawn from the knowledge of Native and non-Native elders and scholars, this ethnogeographic atlas of Native place names presents a compelling account of interactions between a homeland and its people.

A book signing is scheduled for Friday, October 9 at 2pm-4pm with authors and contributors. Written by Eugene S. Hunn, E. Thomas Morning Owl, Phillip E. Cash Cash, and Jennifer Karson Engum, the book had many contributors. Books will be available for purchase at $29.95.

The book signing is free and refreshments will be served.


October 17
Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum - "Taking Alcatraz" & "Alcatraz Is Not An Island" 1pm

Taking Alcatraz an account of the events that led up to the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island as told by the principal organizer, Adam Fortunate Eagle. Alcatraz is Not an Island is the story of how this historic event altered U.S. Government Indian policy and programs, and how it forever changed the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture and their sovereign rights.

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is always free. Complimentary Pepsi beverages and refreshments will be served.


November 6

On the first Friday of every month everyone receives FREE ADMISSION into the gallery and exhibits.  Plus, we often have other activities going on like the Museum Store's beadworking classes, FREE guided tours, and Indian Tacos in Kinship Cafe for only $7. This is a great opportunity to gather up the family, round up your out of town guests, or get the office staff together and bring them out for a special treat.  See you on Friday!



Watch and listen for Spilyáy, the magical Coyote of Legend-Time. Find Spilyáy in Tamástslikt’s major galleries: We Were, We Are and We Will Be. Tamástslikt is a storyline museum and therefore does not merely document artifacts. In the SEASONAL ROUND, the Natítayt (the people) follow the pre-contact lifestyle of subsistence in the abundant natural world, reflecting its balance and order. Ambient sounds take the visitor to another time. Visitors will hear horses rumbling across the grassy plateau, storytellers in the winter lodge, the bell and worshipers in the church. They will hear a recreation of the 1855 Treaty Council of Walla Walla in the tribal language. Audio, artistry and historic images, rare and beautiful artifacts create a broad sensory experience depicting our Tribal world.



WELCOME--We're glad you are here.  American Indians didn't live only in the past. Tribal people have survived and thrive in the contemporary world. Cháwna mun na’ámta--We will never fade. WE ARE features our resilient people as soldiers and warriors, players in tribal government and the economy, leaders in salmon recovery success, balancing the modern with tradition, and still abiding by the Law of the Salmon.



Dreams, visions, hopes and concerns of the tribal community are voiced in WE WILL BE.



The 10-minute introductory Coyote Theater is open for visitors to enjoy. Spilyáy, the magical coyote dominates the story, expressing wisdom and foolishness in a comic exposition of how the world came to be as it is today. Witness Spilyay as he vanquishes the forces of destruction and saves the traditional foods for the Natítyayt.  On days other than First Friday, the Coyote Theater is accessible with admission.



“The architecture of each cultural center says, “We are.”  Proud. Unique. Permanent…Tamastslikt seems to grow out of the surrounding plateau, regal and serene.”
- Columbia Gorge Magazine 2006