SCHATZ: OVER $ 2.1 MILLION IN NEW FEDERAL TOURISM GRANTS FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
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October 19, 2021
Manu Tupper or Mike Inacay (Schatz) at [email protected]
SCHATZ: OVER $ 2.1 MILLION IN NEW FEDERAL TOURIST GRANTS FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
WASHINGTON – US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today announced that 18 Alaska Native and Native American tribes and tribal organizations and two Hawaiian Native organizations will receive a total of $ 2,112,553 in tourism grants from the Agency of Economic Development (OIED) of the ministry. from within (DOI). Grants are funded by the Schatz-authored Native American Tourism and Visitor Experience Improvement Act, 2016 (NATIVE).
âAs the Committee heard last May, indigenous communities across the country have diversified their economies with national and international tourism to create jobs, raise revenues for tribal governments and improve living conditions. said President Schatz. “This new funding will strengthen the capacities of Indigenous communities and expand the unique opportunities for cultural tourism in the United States.”
Funding can be used to support tourism feasibility studies of Indigenous communities and / or the development of tourism business plans. OIED has provided funding to tribes and tribal organizations based on the potential of a proposal to create jobs and boost economies in indigenous communities. Additionally, OIED has partnered with DOI’s National Parks Service and Native Hawaiian Relations Office to support cooperative arrangements that enhance visitor experiences and understanding of places of significance and history. Native Hawaiians.
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