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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation plans to develop a new tourism-oriented pier and year-round facility on a parcel of undeveloped land it received as a donation from Miami, Fla.-based cruise ship operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

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Two Native cultural tourism projects in New York and Alaska have been awarded a total of $1.5 million in grant funding by The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).
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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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 WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development has opened applications for its FY 2022 Tribal Tourism Grant Program. 
 
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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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The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and Arizona State University have created a new curriculum targeted at developing sustainable tourism on tribal lands. 

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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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 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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The Wabanaki Cultural Tourism Initiative received a $374,000 boost to its efforts aimed at bolstering Native tourism in Maine.