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RAMONA, Calif. — In the language of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians, the words for “body” and “land” are the same. 

That makes the tribe’s renovation and development of Golden Eagle Farms, one of the first projects under the Mesa Grande Business Development Corp., a symbolic gesture as much as an economic one.

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A report by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association demonstrates for the first time the scope of the economic effects the Native tourism industry has on Indian Countrty.  

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Sherry Rupert is taking her advocacy for Native tourism to a new level. 

Last month, Rupert accepted an appointment to the U.S. Travel Association board of directors for a two-year term that expires in 2024. The new role gives Rupert, the CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, a broader platform to advance the interests of Indigenous tourism businesses around the country.

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 WASHINGTON — The Office of Indian Economic Development within the Bureau of Indian Affairs has awarded $2.1 million in tourism grants to 18 tribes and two Native Hawaiian Organizations.

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DURANT, Okla. — An Oklahoma tribe will open the doors on a $75 million cultural center in late July after nearly three years of construction.

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CROW RESERVATION, Mont. — When the tourists can’t come to Indian Country, Crow entrepreneur Olivia Rose Williamson brings Indian Country to them.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Even though the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) annual conference had to go virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Country’s premier national travel association has named an all-star lineup of Native women to address those attending the conference from afar.

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In the rustic and inviting Séka Hills Tasting Room on Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Northern California, guests sample tribally made extra virgin olive oil like one would sip fine wines at a tasting in a nearby Napa Valley vineyard. 

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PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. — Starting with Grand Canyon Resort Corporation 20 years ago as a concierge, Ruby Steele has now worked her way to the very top of the organization.