The Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) is a non-profit community development organization located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. WSCAT was first established in 2001 as an incubated program under the Central Oregon Partnership. WSCAT became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in August 2008. WSCAT is located in the Warm Springs Agency, the largest community on the Warm Springs Reservation. WSCAT’s mission is to promote community development in Warm Springs by empowering individuals and groups of people to realize their potential, become self-reliant, and affect positive change for themselves, their families, and their community. We do this through programs in asset building, small business promotion, and education for personal and professional growth.
WSCAT envisions a Warm Springs Reservation in which tribal and community members control their own destinies, in which people are in a position to provide for their families, pursue their hopes and dreams, and achieve their full potential: “By 2040, the people of the Warm Springs, grounded in our multi-tribal heritage, will have found new ways to live happily and well, with healthy families residing in stable homes, locally-owned businesses supporting the community, our youth pursuing education, growth, and personal development, and our elders looking back on lives in which persistence and hard work helped create a stable, strong Warm Springs middle class and a vibrant economy. The people of Warm Springs will understand the importance of caring for our environment and our culture, draw strength and identity from time-honored knowledge systems, strive to reach personal and family goals, and demonstrate that good people with the right vision, values, and solutions to problems can achieve anything.”