PRLog - June 12, 2014 - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Yesterday, at the annual Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) National Training Program in Albuquerque, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) Executive Director Camille Ferguson presented the importance of federal partnerships and the opportunity for career growth within Indian Country tourism.
AIANTA Executive Director, Camille Ferguson [Photo Courtesy of AIANTA]
SAIGE is holding its 11th annual National Training Program, “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever” at Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque. The training program, which kicked off Monday and is wrapping up June 13, provides forums on the most current issues, opportunities, and challenges facing American Indian and Alaska Native government employees.
New to the training program this year, was the inclusion of the importance of the tourism industry to American Indian government employees and organizations.
Ferguson presented to the national audience about Indian Country tourism, elaborating on the opportunities it presents, including federal partnerships and new career opportunities that lie within American Indian culture.
“At AIANTA, we partner with government agencies, such as the National Parks Service, to add value to the national parks and other destinations by telling our own stories, the stories of the Native peoples of these lands,” said Ferguson. “Our partnerships allow for tribes to work with federal agencies to build and advance tourism opportunities within those areas,” she added.
Expanding on tourism career opportunities within the government, Ferguson explained, “AIANTA is providing an industry in which American Indians can build careers within our own culture and that revolve around sustaining our traditions – and many federal and government agencies can be a big part of this within tourism.”
During the training program, SAIGE also presented sessions offering acclaimed and dynamic presenters, along with workshops presented by knowledgeable and expert speakers. Workshops were offered in the areas of Federal Indian law, leadership and professional development and Indian Country. Keynote speakers included Walter Echo-Hawk, Adjunct Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law and of Counsel, Crowe and Dunlevy; Dr. Gregory Cajete, University of New Mexico; and others.
To learn more about SAIGE visit www.SAIGE.org.
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit association of Native American tribes and tribal businesses that was incorporated in 2002 to advance Indian Country tourism. The association is made up of member tribes from six regions: Alaska, Eastern, Midwest, Pacific, Plains and the Southwest. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian and Alaska Native tourism that honors and preserves tribal traditions and values.
The purpose of AIANTA is to provide our constituents with the voice and tools needed to advance tourism while helping tribes, tribal organizations and tribal members create infrastructure and capacity through technical assistance, training and educational resources. AIANTA serves as the liaison between Indian Country, governmental and private entities for the development, growth, and sustenance of Indian Country tourism. By developing and implementing programs and providing economic development opportunities, AIANTA helps tribes build for their future while sustaining and strengthening their cultural legacy.
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