Kah-Nee-Ta Resort first started by a non-Indian doctor who owned land around the hot springs of the Warm Springs River. In 1961, the Tribes purchased the land back and started to rebuild the spa. The great flood of 1964 damaged the spa and bridge to the spa. In 1964-1965, the Tribes built an Olympic-sized swimming pool, cottages, restaurant, and tepees.
In 1971, the Tribes began construction of the Kah-Nee-Ta Lodge using funds from low-interest loans from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects designed the lodge. Today it stands as an example of seventies archtecture with strong Indian and Scandinavian influences. The gigantic fireplace in the lobby represents all of that: raw concrete, Indian symbols and Artichoke lamps by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. In 1995, the Tribes expanded operations to include a casino and improved convention center.
In 2001, the resort and casino were combined to form Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort & Casino, which also includes a golf course.
The resort's casino closed in December 2011 in preparation for moving it to a new property, the Indian Head Casino, on U.S. Route 26, where it would be more accessible to passing travelers. While Kah-Nee-Ta's casino netted $2–4 million annually, the tribes expected the new location to earn $8–12 million. The resort shifted its focus to its family-friendly amenities, including the golf course and spa.
See also 
- Gambling in Oregon
- List of casinos in Oregon
- Columbia Gorge casino, a proposed casino in the Columbia River Gorge to be operated by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
- Taylor, Duffie (January 25, 2012). "New casino, new location: Warm Springs tribes are betting on a site a little closer to Bend". The Bulletin (Bend, OR: via NewsBank). Retrieved 2012-05-31. (subscription required)
- Hall, Zack (March 21, 2012). "Golf to the fore: With its casino relocated, Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort is moving". The Bulletin (Bend, OR: via NewsBank). Retrieved 2012-05-31. (subscription required)