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A mix of six tribal nations and Native organizations will receive a total of $1.8 million for tourism infrastructure and capacity building in grants announced today by the U.S. Forest Service and American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. 

Recipients include: the Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository in Kodiak, Alaska; Bay Mills Indian Community in Bimley, Michigan; Chief Joseph Foundation in Lapwai, Idaho; Organized Village of Kasaan in Kasaan, Alaska; Pit River Tribe KWAHN Corporation in Burney, California; and Snoqualmie Indian Tribe in Snoqualmie, Washington. 

In 2018, The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)—the only national organization dedicated to advancing cultural tourism in Native Nations and communities across the United States—signed an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to collaborate on the Native American Tourism & Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act grant funding.

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The Request for Grant Proposals solicited applications from Tribal Nations, Tribal Enterprises and native nonprofits that border and/or have historic ties to U.S. Forest Service-managed lands and regions, according to a press release from AIANTA.

“As the expert in Indigenous tourism and the only organization to advance cultural heritage tourism across our Native Nations and communities in the U.S., AIANTA is proud to have the capacity to create opportunity for the inclusion of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians in the tourism industry,” said AIANTA CEO Sherry Rupert in a statement. “We are excited to see these six recipients transform and strengthen their cultural tourism programs over the next few years.”

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