President Barack Obama signs bill to promote Native tourism into law
President Barack Obama signed a bill promote Native tourism into law on Friday.
S.1579, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act (NATIVE Act), does something rather simple but supporters say it will help draw more people, and their dollars, to Native communities. It requires federal agencies to update their existing management plans and tourism strategies to include tribes, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.
"This bill will empower Native communities to tell their own stories and build their own economic opportunities," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the sponsor of the NATIVE Act, said in a press release after the measure cleared its final hurdle on Capitol Hill earlier this month.