AIANTA and NIGA Announce MOU for Sustainable Tribal Tourism Development

AIANTA Release

San Diego, California (April 2, 2015) –The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) announced its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) for Sustainable Tribal Tourism Development, Wednesday.

“The MOU for Sustainable Tribal Tourism Development has been set in place to establish a framework for cooperation between AIANTA and NIGA in their shared interests of sustaining American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tribal welfare as well as their traditions and culture through tourism and associated facilities such as gaming establishments,” said NIGA Chairman Ernest L. Stevens Jr.

AIANTA executive director Camille Ferguson, AIANTA Board president Sherry L. Rupert, and Stevens unveiled the MOU at the 2015 NIGA Tradeshow and Convention held at the San Diego Convention Center. The tradeshow runs from March 30-April 7. 

“This is an exceptional advancement for both Indian country tourism and Indian gaming,” said Rupert. “Both AIANTA and NIGA work to protect and sustain tribal wellbeing through economic independence. This new partnership will benefit both organizations through coordination and cooperation in the development, conservation, management and promotion of tribal tourism.”

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The purpose of this new MOU is to establish a general framework for cooperation between AIANTA and NIGA to create a stronger national voice for Indian Country recreation, travel and tourism interests and needs. 

Through this cooperation, the two organizations will strive to:

-- Optimize understanding of the contributions of tourism to the quality of life and intercultural appreciation of tribal natural and human resources, history, and culture;

-- Support the economic viability and sustainability of tribal tourism interests and communities and protect the natural, cultural, and historic resources that are the cornerstone for travel and tourism;

-- Provide assistance to the tribes and communities involved in coordinated travel and sustainable tourism projects, and

-- Assist in the presentation of educational materials and resource assessments related to tribal travel and tourism and their use in planning and management of tourism assets. 

The complete MOU will be made available on

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