Calling all Tribes Along Route 66

Mojave Trails, Route 66 // credit: Bureau of Land Management, Flickr.comThe American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association has joined forces with the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership (RAP) to ensure Tribal voices and stories are included in a new Route 66 Navigation App.

The GPS-based app has several purposes, including:

  • Helping people find important waypoints along Route 66
  • Enhancing economic development along Route 66 by promoting sites, attractions and events found there, and
  • Educating travelers about the history of Route 66.

Besides providing turn-by-turn, real-time directions, the app will include several themed travel itineraries. The itineraries will provide geographically organized information, categorized by each of the eight states located along the famous roadway.

American Indians and Route 66 Itinerary

Among the itineraries, RAP is looking to develop a specific “American Indians and Route 66 Itinerary” that identifies the sites, attractions and events along the portions of Route 66 that go through Tribal lands.

As the goal of the itinerary is to introduce and raise awareness of Tribal history and culture along Route 66, developers are looking to include relevant destinations and events along the route as well as those that act as a conduit to Route 66 (generally, located within 15-30 minutes drive of the roadway).

Submit Your Information

Tribes are encouraged to recommend key destinations, locations and annual activities events for inclusion in the navigation app.

To submit information for possible inclusion in the itinerary and on the app, visit the Route 66 Road Ahead Resources page and download and complete the “Sites-Attractions-Events Spreadsheet.” Also view the  “Spreadsheet Instructions” document for more information on submitting information.

Completed spreadsheets should be returned via email to Dr. Rick Valentin, Illinois State University at rnvalen@ilstu.edu.All submissions are due February 28, 2019.

To learn more about the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership, visit route66roadahead.com