Oneida Smoke Dancers perform for the tourism professionals on Monday evening. Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert.
Published September 12, 2017
ONEIDA NATION – WISCONSIN – Hundreds of tribal leaders, travel industry professionals, and tribal business developments staff are at the Oneida Nation, near Green Bay, Wisconsin for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s (AIANTA’s) 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference.
AIANTA Board President Sherry Rupert
AIANTA Board President Sherry Rupert welcomed the attendees from various parts of Indian Country.
The annual conference is being hosted by the Oneida Naiton of Wisconsin at its award-winning Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. The conference will conclude on Thursday.
On Monday evening, the conference attendees were given a warm welcome at the opening reception. The Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin provided a traditional meal, complete with Indian fry bread and corn soup.
The MOC youth singng group rocked the house with a mixture of traditiional songs to pop music.
The annual AITC provides a high-quality educational forum to tribes, tribal businesses and other attendees to help them with their tourism development and marketing initiatives. As the only national conference on Indian Country tourism, AITC is designed to share knowledge, experience and best practices from tourism programs around the U.S., and features an impressive line-up of expert speakers whose experience provides new information and guidance for all, from tribes just entering the tourism industry to tribes with experience in travel and tourism.
Five-year-old Sakyrii Jimerson, whose Indian name is Shayes (Blackberry), offers a prayer in Ondida language, assisted by her mother, Jasmine Jimerson.