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Indian Affairs awards $3 Million in Tribal tourism grants

30 Tribes and organizations receive funding to support economic

WASHINGTON – The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development announced today the awarding of more than $3 million in Tribal Tourism Grant Program funding to 30 federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations. The grants, which range in value from $30,000 to $150,000, are funded for one-year.

“Empowering Tribal Nations to build their economies through the Tribal Tourism Grant Program is part of Indian Affairs’ mission to support Tribal self-determination and sovereignty,” said Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland. “Revitalizing Tribal economies is key to our goal of making lives better for people in Tribal communities as we work to undo the harms caused by policies of the past.”

The Tribal Tourism Grant Program supports Tribal economic development and fulfills the mission of the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act, also known as the NATIVE Act, by providing funding for tribes to conduct feasibility studies to help them make informed decisions about potential tourism projects. The program also provides financial support for Tribes to develop business plans for already completed tourism feasibility studies or for Tribal tourism businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Feasibility studies and business plans empower Tribes and Tribal Organizations to make informed decisions on potential tourism projects and businesses.

Tribe or Tribal Organization City State

Haida Corporation Hydaburg Alaska $150,000

Hualapai Tribal Council Peach Springs Arizona $150,000

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee Oklahoma $149,423

Village of Kaktovik (AKA Barter Island) Kaktovik Alaska $149,270

Mesa Grande Business Development Corporation Ramona California $149,212

Penobscot Indian Nation Indian Island Maine $149,010

Blackfeet Tribe Browning Montana $125,388

Bay Mills Indian Community Brimley Michigan $125,000

Spirit Lake Tribe Fort Totten North Dakota $125,000

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Durant Oklahoma $125,000

The Chickasaw Nation Ada Oklahoma $124,122

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Livingston Texas $120,291

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Albuquerque New Mexico $113,251

Crow Tribe of Indians Crow Agency Montana $112,771

Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness Bangor Maine $105,000

Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee, Inc. Cass Lake Minnesota $104,515

Burns Paiute Tribe Burns Oregon $102,300

Oneida Indian Nation Oneida New York $101,762

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Mayetta Kansas $82,764

Northern Arapaho Tribe Ethete Wyoming $78,701

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Rosebud South Dakota $75,190

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Elton Louisiana $72,672

Nansemond Indian Nation Suffolk Virginia $71,720

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior

Chippewa Indians Hayward Wisconsin $63,000

Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California Oroville California $55,066

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Sitka Alaska $54,708

Nez Perce Tribe Lapwai Idaho $49,408

Elk Valley Rancheria, California Crescent City California $48,600

Chippewa Cree Tribe Box Elder Montana $45,755

Native Village of Chenega Anchorage Alaska $30,916

The Office of Indian Economic Development administers the Tribal Tourism Grant Program, which is a competitive discretionary program, through its Division of Economic Development. All awarded grantees can be viewed on the Tribal Tourism Grant Program web site. Questions about these awards may be addressed to Mr. Dennis Wilson, Division of Economic Development grant management specialist, at 505-917-3235 or at

The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs advises the Secretary of the Interior on Indian Affairs policy issues; communicates policy to and oversees the programs of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration; provides leadership in consultations with Tribes; and serves as the DOI official for intra- and inter-departmental coordination and liaison within the Executive Branch on matters concerning American Indians and Alaska Natives and the federally recognized Tribes in the United States.

Indian Affairs’ Office of Indian Economic Development, formerly known as the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, supports the economic development of American Indian and Alaska Native communities by offering access to capital through grant opportunities and loan guarantees, and by providing technical assistance to federally recognized Tribes. The Office of Indian Economic Development administers the Tribal Tourism Grant Program through its Division of Economic Development. For more information about Office of Indian Economic Development’s mission and programs, visit


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