To ensure Indigenous communities are engaged in the forum and there is thorough consideration of Indigenous needs around these topics, the three lead organizations have invited Indigenous leaders from representative organizations to join an Indigenous Advisory Committee. This committee will provide input on the program and on future engagements to ensure discussion continues well beyond the forum.
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
Sherry L. Rupert, Executive Director
Emerson Vallo, Board of Directors, President Southwest Region
For nearly two decades, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has served as the national voice for American Indian nations engaged in cultural tourism. In addition to serving as the voice for Indian Country tourism, AIANTA provides technical assistance and training to Tribal Nations and Native-owned enterprises engaged in tourism, hospitality and recreation.
To define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.
Inocente Cutzan, President
To bring sustainable development to our Village through alternative tourism, within a framework of coexistence with our community and the environment, respecting its culture and its surroundings, thus generating quality employment for young people and adults of this beautiful place.
Federación Plurinacional de Turismo Comunitario del Ecuador (FEPTCE)
Galindo Parra, President
The Plurinational Federation of Community Tourism of Ecuador, FEPTCE is an institution that brings together actors from Indigenous, Afro, Montubios and Mestizo peoples and nationalities, who depend on their land for their agricultural, artisanal products, and work as well as farmers who have established tourist, educational, and social initiatives to continue living with dignity in their territories. The principles of the FEPTCE are the foundations of the federation and its ethics, which are based on the four creative axes of Ecuadorian Community Tourism: defense of the territory, valuation of Indigenous and rural culture, organizational strengthening, and equitable distribution of resources for the common good. They define the partnership project that our members represent. To be part of the federation, all members commit to respect and disseminate these principles.
Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC)
Myrna Kay Cunningham, President of the Board of Directors
The Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC) is an international organization constituted with the equal representation of Indigenous Peoples and governments, in order to support the self-development processes of Indigenous Peoples, communities and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to recognize the work done in terms of consultation and dialogue between Indigenous organizations and government sectors through national, regional and inter-agency consultative bodies.
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)
Keith Henry, President & CEO
The purpose of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is to improve the socio-economic situation of Indigenous people within the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada. ITAC does that through the provision of the following services to Indigenous tourism operators and communities, or those looking to start a cultural tourism business:
- economic development advisory services
- professional development training and workshops
- industry statistics and information
ITAC will develop relationships with other groups and/or regions with similar mandates, uniting the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada. ITAC will work to enable collective support, promotion and marketing of authentic Indigenous cultural tourism businesses in a respectful protocol.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)
Chris James, President and CEO
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development, we have evolved into the largest national Indian-specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native businesspeople realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people both now… and for generations to come.
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Fawn Sharp, President
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.
NCAI, a nonprofit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country. The organization’s policy issues and initiatives are driven by the consensus of our diverse membership, which consists of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal citizens, individuals, and Native and non-Native organizations.
Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
VaRene Martin, Director of Tribal and Corporate Relations and 1st Vice President
NAFOA is a national non-profit organization providing leadership for the advancement of independent and culturally-vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities by promoting excellence in financial management, advocating sound economic and fiscal policy, developing innovative education initiatives, and providing essential information, resources, and support to meet the challenges of economic growth and change.
Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA)
Diane Wilson, Executive Director
“Advocating for and supporting all levels of food security and food sovereignty in local, tribal, regional, national and international arenas”
The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) is dedicated to restoring the Indigenous food systems that support Indigenous self-determination, wellness, cultures, values, communities, economies, languages, and families, and rebuild relationships with the land, water, plants and animals that sustain us. NAFSA brings people, communities (rural, remote and urban), organizations and Tribal governments together to share, promote and support best practices and policies that enhance dynamic Native food systems that promote holistic wellness, sustainable economic development, education, reestablished trade routes, stewardship of land and water resources, peer-to-peer mentoring, and multi-generational empowerment. NAFSA works to put the farmers, wildcrafters, fishers, hunters, ranchers and eaters at the center of decision-making on policies, strategies and natural resource management.
We commit to take collective and individual action to address food sovereignty, and to build the necessary understanding and awareness among our Peoples, Nations, leaders and policymakers, as well as our youth and coming generations, to make it a continuing reality.
Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW)
Native Wisconsin is made up of 11 sovereign Tribal Nations: Bad River Ojibwe, Forest County Potawatomi, Ho Chunk, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Nation, Mole Lake Sokaogan Chippewa, Oneida Nation, Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe, St. Croix Band of Ojibwe, and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. Each Tribe is a sovereign nation that abides by its own Constitution.
NATOW is an inter-tribal consortium that was launched as a state wide initiative in 1994 by GLITC (Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council). The mission of NATOW is to promote tourism featuring Native American heritage and culture. Tourism provides an excellent tactic for Tribes to diversify their economies, while telling the true story concerning their history and culture. Tourism is also one of the ways that Tribes can be self-sufficient and boost their economies. NATOW is comprised of representatives from each Tribe, who converge bi-monthly to discuss its strategic tourism plan. NATOW has grown significantly over the last few years, becoming a recognized force in Wisconsin at gatherings, festivals, and events. All efforts are coordinated by their own Director, Chairperson, and the executive board members who report directly to the GLITC Board of Directors.
Len Necefer, CEO
NativesOutdoors is an outdoor products company whose products serve to support Indigenous people.
NativesOutdoors began as a social media project in March 2017 by Len Necefer (Diné) to highlight the stories and photos of Native people in outdoor recreation to address the lack of representation of indigenous people in the outdoor industry.
The organization has expanded to providing advisory and consulting services to the outdoor industry on topics within the intersection of Tribes, public lands, and outdoor recreation.
NativesOutdoors is working directly with tribal governments, community organizations, and individuals on increasing access to outdoor recreation and connecting resources and opportunities within the outdoor industry.
United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
Rebecca Naragon, Economic Development Director
USET is an inter-tribal organization with 27 federally-recognized Tribal Nation members. While defined as a regional organization, USET has developed into a nationally prominent and respected organization due to its broad policy platform and influence on the most important and critical issues facing all of Indian Country. Supporting all of its issue-specific advocacy is a foundation built upon the goals of promoting and protecting the inherent sovereignty rights of all Tribal Nations, pursuing opportunities that enhance Tribal Nation rebuilding, and working to ensure that the United States upholds its sacred trust responsibilities to Indian Country.
USET represents and promotes the interests of its member Tribal Nations through conferences, associations, work groups, partnerships, etc. Additionally, it serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, works on behalf of its membership to create an improved quality of life for American Indians through increased Health, Education, Social Services, Housing, Economic Development, Transportation, and Justice opportunities, and works to promote Indian leadership to ensure Indian Country’s continued growth, development, and prosperity as Tribal Nations.
Luis Felipe Duchicela, Senior Advisor for Indigenous Peoples’ Issues for the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance at USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance
USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.
World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA)
Ben Sherman, Chairman of the WINTA Leadership Council
The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) was incorporated on March 27, 2012, in the Larrakia Nation in the Northern Territories of Australia. The organization was created from the global, collective aspirations of Indigenous interests in tourism and is an Indigenous initiative that is based on key human Indigenous rights including the right to self-determination, the right to self-governance, and the right to maintain and develop their own distinct institutions and to maintain and develop cross-border contacts critical to maintaining their communities and cultures.
Today, WINTA is established to facilitate future international partnerships on behalf of six Indigenous tourism associations. As a nonprofit, the organization is guided by a Leadership Council and operated by a dedicated team of volunteers.