9th Annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference: Agenda


This year’s Tribal Tourism Conference offers top-notch presenters and keynote speakers. Participants will have the opportunity to tour Lehmann Caves at Great Basin National Park, followed by a welcome reception at Duck Creek with networking, an archery shoot, and dinner. 

We look forward to seeing you at the 9th Annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 
Breakfast on Your Own
9:00 amBus Departs from Bristlecone Convention Center
10:30 amArrive at Great Basin National Park Lehmann Caves Visitor Center
11:00 amTour of Lehman Caves
12:30 pmBoard Bus to Main Visitor Center
12:45 pmArrive at the Main Visitor Center
1:30 pmBoard Bus for Baker Archaeological Site
1:40 pmArrive at Baker Archaeological Site
2:15 pmBoard Bus to Ely to Pick Up Additional Participants
3:45 pmArrive in Ely
Drop Off and Pick Up Participants for Welcome Reception
4:00 pmBus Leaves for Duck Creek Welcome Reception
4:30 pmArrive at Duck Creek
4:45 pmTribal Presentation
5:15 pmArchery Shoot or Networking Opportunity
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pmBoard Bus for Hotel
8:00 pmArrive at Hotel
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
 
Breakfast on Your Own
8:00 amRegistration Opens
Bristlecone Convention Center
9:00 amOpening Prayer – Shoshone Tribal Elder
Welcome and General Session

Victor McQueen, Jr.,
Chairman, Ely Shoshone Tribe

Mark Hutchison,
Lt. Governor, State of Nevada (Video Welcome)

Sherry L. Rupert,
Chairwoman, Nevada’s Indian Territory

9:15 amKeynote Address: Improving the Visitor Experience Across the Country

Camille Ferguson,
Executive Director, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)

Travelers to Indian Country are seeking an authentic and unique experience. Hear how we can improve their experience through implementation of the NATIVE Act and keep them coming and spending their dollars in Indian Country.

10:15 amBreak
10:30 amPreserving and Protecting the Culture Through Tourism

Rachel Cromer Howard,
Public Relations and Media Specialist, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)

Larry Burton,
Freelance Photographer, Outdoor Adventures

Billie Jean Guerrero,
Director, Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center

Many tribes across the country are concerned with others telling their story and many times telling it inaccurately. This panel will share how tribes across the country are utilizing NativeAmerica.travel and policies to preserve and protect their culture.
11:30 amUpdate from Nevada’s Indian Territory

Chris Ann Gibbons,
Secretary/Treasurer, Nevada’s Indian Territory

Your Territory has been busy this year. Find out how you can get involved in the only Territory in Nevada focusing on marketing Nevada’s Tribes.

12:00 pmLunch Provided
1:00 pmMedia (Social Media) Outreach, Controlling the Message; How to do it Right

Rachel Cromer Howard,
Public Relations and Media Specialist, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)

Many tribes often wonder how best to share their true stories of who they are and their tourism offerings. This session will provide some of those opportunities.

2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pmCase Study: Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours

Brenda Begay, Manager, and Jaslynn Begay, Public Relations, Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours

Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona.
This case study will give you an inside look at a successful native-owned tour company in the southwest.

3:45 pmIndigenous Foods Movement

Staci Emm,
Professor/Extension Educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

There is a trend in Indian Country to get back to our indigenous foods. This session will go over why indigenous foods are important to our health and our future.

5:00 pmClosing Remarks and Recess for the Day
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmWelcome Reception
The Art Bank
399 Aultman Street, Ely, NV
Thursday, April 6, 2017
 
Breakfast on Your Own
9:00 amWelcome and Opening Prayer
Bristlecone Convention Center
9:15 amPublic Lands Agencies and Tribes Working Together in Tourism

Aimee Awonohopay,
Public Lands Manager, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)

Brandi Roberts, Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership

Steven Mietz, Superintendent, Great Basin National Park

Extraordinary collaborations between tribes and public lands agencies are being forged around the country. This panel will share their successes and the opportunities that lie ahead.
10:30 amBreak
10:45 amTribal Tourism Development Workshop

Camille Ferguson,
Executive Director, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)

A must attend. You won’t want to miss this workshop! Tourism is a billion dollar industry and the number one industry in Nevada with millions already visiting. Learn the first steps in developing tourism in your communities.
12:00 pmLunch Provided
1:00 pmTribal Tourism Development Workshop

Camille Ferguson,
Executive Director, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)

Final session of the Tribal Tourism Development Workshop.


3:00 pmClosing Remarks




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