Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

2018 NATOW Tourism Conference in LCO

The 2018 Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) Conference was held June 11th through June 13th at the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Sevenwinds Casino Lodge and Conference Center, and Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Member, James Polar, Sr. attended.

The conference was informative and allowed Tribal tourism advocates a chance to share information and strategies for improving tourism in Indian Country.

How traditional cultural foods can drive tourism was among the topics covered. James said that other Tribes have come together in reseeding efforts, initiatives to grow walleye populations, as well as have explored possibilities to bring together growers and the production, storage, marketing and selling of traditional foods.

Also discussed was using social and digital media strategies for growing businesses in Tribal communities.

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AINATA) also attended, and shared that they are looking for Tribes to join their group and expand their clientele.

Sokaogon Tribal Council and community members who also attended the NATOW Conference include Cheyenne Landru, Bobbi Randall, Ryan Randall, Bryan Tate and Dean Van Zile.

The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin thanks all of the conference sponsors, speakers, guests, volunteers and the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe and Sevenwinds Casinso for helping to make the 2018 Conference a success!