Centrally situated between Boise, Idaho, Spokane, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a premier destination for family getaways, business meetings and large conventions. The Resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV Park, 7 restaurants, 5-screen Cineplex, 18-hole championship golf course, travel plaza and tribal museum. Now Open – Wildhorse Famliy Funplex – featuring a 24-lane bowling alley, food court and arcade! There is no destination experience like it in the Pacific Northwest. Wildhorse is located just off I-84 at exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton, Oregon. Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is a union of three tribes: Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla. In 1855 the three tribes signed a treaty with the U.S. government, in which it ceded over 6.4 million acres to the United States.
In the treaty, the tribes reserved rights to fish, hunt, and gather foods and medicines within the ceded lands, which today is northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. Tribal members still exercise and protect those rights today.
CTUIR is governed by a Constitution and by-laws adopted in 1949. The Governing body is the nine-member Board of Trustees, elected every two years by the General Council.
The CTUIR is a modern Tribal government representing the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla people, who have lived in this region for thousands of years. Traditional games of skill and games of chance have always been part of their tribal culture.
In 1988 the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which provided a basis for Indian Tribes in the US to enter into modern forms of gaming for the purpose of supplementing revenue for Tribal nations. In March, 1995 the CTUIR opened the Wildhorse Casino for this purpose.
Where there once was a wheat field 25 years ago, now sits the sprawling Wildhorse Resort & Casino, a beacon of lights welcoming visitors from near and far. Four miles east of Pendleton, Oregon, the resort, owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is the leading entertainment destination in the region.
Hospitality is woven into the Tribes history and plays an important role at the Casino Resort and with the employees who work here. Together, over the years we continue to celebrate our journey, our growth and the wonderful guests and communities we have been honored to host.