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Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013
In light of Native American Heritage Month, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) continues to stress the importance of cultural heritage tourism as an economic development vehicle to perpetuate Native American Heritage year-round for generations to come.
“Native American Heritage Month is an opportunity to educate national and international
travelers on the importance of AIANTA and our mission to ‘define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors and sustains tribal traditions and values,’” said AIANTA President Mary Jane Ferguson, member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, initiatives such as tourism education, international and domestic marketing, partnerships with federal agencies, academia and nonprofit organizations, research and data and private sector partnerships, AIANTA has set the mark for the advancement of cultural heritage tourism and economic development through tourism across Indian Country.