The Bureau of Indian Affairs and NYU Washington, DC, in cooperation with the NYU School of Professional Studies and The George Washington University, convened the NATIVE Act Policy Forum: Leveraging Tourism for Sustainable Development in Indian Country.
The NATIVE Act Policy Forum provided an opportunity for Federal partners to learn more about the legislative intent of the NATIVE Act, recently signed into law by President Obama, and to participate in an interactive discussion on actions that can be initiated to establish a process for coordination and communication for implementation of the act. The Forum focused on the state of the tourism industry and the need for tribal capacity building and community development as cornerstones to a successful and sustainable tribal tourism industry. With the completion of the President's National Travel and Tourism Strategy that included Indian Country and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) in 2012, the NATIVE Act helps to further define how US Federal Agencies can support tribal involvement in the United States' International and domestic tourism efforts.
With opening remarks from Lenna Aoki, General Counsel in the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), the forum featured a roundtable discussion among key government agencies and tourism experts from the US Department of Commerce, US Department of Transportation, US Department of Interior, US Department of Agriculture, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, and the International Institute of Tourism Studies at The George Washington University.
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