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Unprecedented Partnership Announced at Fourth Annual National Tribal GIS Conference

Unprecedented Partnership Announced at Fourth Annual National Tribal GIS Conference
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The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association announced its Memorandum of Understanding with the National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center for the education and promotion of tribal geo-tourism.

The memorandum was unveiled at the National Tribal GIS Conference held at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albquerque, New Mexico earlier this month.

“The MOU for Education and promotion of tribal geo-tourism was set in place to establish a general framework for cooperation between American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism, travel and recreational interests, represented by AIANTA; and the application of geographic information systems to Indian Country, represented by the NTGISC,” Garet Couch, NTGISC President said in a press release.

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“This is an exceptional advancement for both Indian Country tourism and the NTGISC,” said Camille Ferguson, AIANTA Executive Director in a news release. “Both of our organizations consider tribal tourism, recreation and heritage resources to be economic and cultural assets that will increase value with additional coordination and cooperation between AIANTA and NTGISC in the development, conservation, management and promotion of tribal tourism.”

An advisory committee was established for the development of a long-range plan using spatial data for travel and tourism purposes in Indian Country. Elected co-chairs for the advisory committee are Kristin Lamoureux, PhD, and Michell Carter.

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Dr. Lamoureux is the director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies and a research professor of business and tourism studies in the School of Business at George Washington University, an AIANTA partner.

Carter, GISP, has been working as a GIS professional since 1985. She currently serves on the board of directors for NTGISC and is the GIS Manager for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The annual National Tribal GIS Conference explores the obstacles to coordinating legislation, budgets and other policy challenges, and shares knowledge on good practices, innovative technologies and new initiatives.