AIANTA to Facilitate the NATIVE Act

At the 20th annual American Indian Tourism Conference in September, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) was named as the national facilitator to carry out the 2016 NATIVE Act (Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act).

AIANTA, an organization dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States, will serve as the voice and the resource for tribes and tribal organizations engaged in cultural tourism.

Tara Sweeney, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, signed the historic memorandum of understanding during the American Indian Tourism Conference, held at Isleta Resort Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “We are delighted to be working with the Departments of the Interior and Commerce to formalize our long-standing relationships and strengthen our ability to enhance and grow tribal tourism,” said Camille Ferguson, AIANTA Executive Director (Tlingit, Sitka Tribe of Alaska). “This signing removes barriers and opens doors for future collaborations and outreach to tribes.”

Read more at Tribal Business Journal (go to page 18)