Albuquerque, New Mexico (August 11, 2014) –This week, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) announces its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) for the education and development of sustainable Tribal tourism.
“The MOU for sustainable Tribal tourism education and development has been set in place to establish a framework for cooperation between AIANTA and NARF in their shared interests of sustaining American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tribal welfare as well as their traditions and culture through tourism,” said John Echohawk, NARF Executive Director.
AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson and Echohawk teamed up to unveil the MOU this week, making the working partnership between the organizations official.
“This is an exceptional advancement for Indian Country tourism,” said Ferguson. “Both AIANTA and NARF strive to protect and sustain tribal traditions and sovereignty through education and protection of culture and resources. This new partnership will benefit both organizations through coordination and cooperation in the development, conservation and management of tribal tourism.”
The purpose of the MOU is to establish a cooperation between American Indian and Alaska Native tourism, travel and recreation interests and sustainable tourism that protects tribal natural resources, preservation of tribes and education of the public about Indian rights, laws and issues. Through work accomplished under this official partnership, AIANTA and NARF will uphold the principles of sustainable travel and tourism development, including protection of natural resources, tribal sovereignty and the accountability of governments to Native Americans through public education.
This new cooperation will enhance collaboration opportunities between AIANTA and NARF, while also supporting the long-term economic viability of tribal communities.
The entire MOU is available upon request and will soon be available to view at AIANTA.org.