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The pandemic has taken a toll on one of Native America’s leading economic development sources. But that doesn’t mean cultural tourism and gaming are finished. The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association lists a number of destinations and experiences that remain viable despite the lingering worries about COVID-19. And despite the slow pace of reopened businesses and public spaces, AIANTA and tribal tourism officials are also looking ahead with optimism about the prospects for 2021.
Darian Morsette (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) – executive director of Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tourism and president of the North Dakota Native Tourism Alliance
Gail Chehak (Klamath Tribes) – Tribal Relations & Outreach Manager for American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Seleni Matus – executive director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies at George Washington University
Travis Owens (Cherokee Nation) – director of Cherokee Nation cultural tourism
Break 1 music: Traveling Song (song) Judy Trejo (artist) Circle Dance Songs of the Paiute and Shoshone (album)
Break 2 music: Break Up (song) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (artist) Theory of Ice (album)