Native American Tourism Act set to become law
WASHINGTON, DC – The US House of Representatives passed the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by US Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and John Thune (R-SD) that will enhance and integrate native tourism, empower native communities, and expand unique cultural tourism opportunities in the United States. The bill, which passed in the Senate in April, now heads to the president for his signature.
“This bill will empower native communities to tell their own stories and build their own economic opportunities. For too long, tourism has focused on so-called major destinations and while that's important, we have the opportunity to support cultural revitalization and economic renewal through the passage of this bill,” said Senator Schatz. “Visitors are increasingly seeking out a more authentic and historically rich travel experience, and there is nothing more authentic and unique than the cultural tourism experience our native communities provide.”