Answering Questions about Pendleton

The original (and current) Pendleton WOolen Mill in Pendleton, Oregon.

Claims and Questions

Thanks to our friends who have brought some claims circulating on social media to our attention. We owe an enormous debt of respect and gratitude to the Native Americans and First Nations people who choose our blankets, and care deeply about this relationship. We understand that it’s important to speak the truth.

Our Mills

Pendleton’s mills are our pride and joy, and both are well over a century old. Keeping them updated is a priority and a challenge, but we think it’s worth it to keep weaving in the USA. Our mills are subject to inspections, and when problems are identified, we take immediate action to resolve them. We have earned third-party certification for sustainability (read more here), and our management is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees.

Political Donations

We respect the right of current and former employees to make political donations to candidates they personally support. These donations are not endorsements by Pendleton.

Pattern Origins

Pendleton supports the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We make our blankets for Native Americans, but we don’t claim our products are made by them. Our company’s history is always part of our marketing and sales materials, and is available on our website.

Pendleton blanket patterns are developed by in-house designers. Some are based on historic designs created to serve the Native American market. Blanket stories, told on hangtags and on the website, credit the inspirations and traditions behind the patterns. We also commission Native American artists to create designs, and adapt existing artwork (usually paintings) into blankets. These artists are always compensated and credited by name for their work. You can learn more here: Native artists.

Pendleton is proud to support organizations that serve Native Americans, veterans and America’s National Parks. Our relationship with The American Indian College Fund spans more than twenty years, and our endowment to the College Fund provides scholarships for Native American students. Pendleton also makes annual donations to NARA (Native American Rehabilitation Center) to support outreach and health care for Native American women.

In 1909, Pendleton was one of many mills producing wool blankets for Native Americans. Now, over a hundred years later, we are the only mill still weaving wool blankets for Native Americans here in the USA. Native Americans were our first, and are still our most valued customers. Thanks to everyone who has written in support of our shared history and friendship.

We hope we have answered your questions, but if you have more concerns, please write to us at and we will respond. We are listening.

Pendleton logo label that shows a drawing of a bald eagle, and the words: "Pendleton since 1863 Highest Quality Made in the USA." This blanket is sewn onto all Pendleton's traditional wool blankets, which are still 00% made in the USA.

11 thoughts on “Answering Questions about Pendleton

  1. Hello !
    We have multiple native American blankets as a way of support. The Maria Martinez blanket was attacked by insidious killer moths …. aarrrgh ! This is our most special blanket as we grew up near San Ildefonso and went to there and traded clothing for pottery with Maria in the 1950s. Is there and source to obtain a newer blanket, killer moth proof ?

    • Hello and thank you! Sadly, we do not have any more of the Maria Martinez blanket–a special anniversary blanket celebrating 20 years of the American Indian College Fund. We suggest you try eBay, and again, thank you for supporting The College Fund.

  2. Bought a beautiful blanket,indian pattern,No tag.How do I know if it’s a Pendleton?Love your work.Continued success.

    • Thank you for reaching out with your concerns. We are excited and proud of our work with the College Fund, where our scholarship program has raised more than $1.6 million dollars for scholarships to tribal colleges. We also support Native American women’s health, arts education, and veterans projects. We are always looking for meaningful partnerships, so if you have any additional ideas, please send them to us at – we are happy to continue the conversation.

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