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Title: MONTANA TRIBAL TOURISM ALLIANCE


1
MONTANA TRIBAL TOURISM ALLIANCE
  • 5 YEAR PLAN OVERVIEW

2
Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance
3
MTTA Board of Directors
  • R.J. Young, President
  • Ft. Peck Assiniboine Sioux Tribes
  • Latonna Old Elk, Vice-President
  • Crow Nation Representative
  • Yvonneda Thompson, Secretary/ Treasurer Northern
    Cheyenne Tribe
  • Jason Belcourt
  • Rocky Boys Chippewa-Cree Tribes
  • George Heavy Runner
  • Blackfeet Tribe Representative

4
MTTA Board of Directors
  • Caroline Yellow Robe
  • Ft. Belknap Indian Community Council
    Representative
  • Mary Jane Charlo
  • Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes
    Representative
  • Northern Cheyenne Representative Vacant
  • Michael Sweeney Member At Large
  • Richard Hopkins Member At Large

5
MTTA Professional Staff
  • Dyani Bingham
  • MTTA Coordinator
  • P.O. Box 1224
    Billings, MT 59103
  • 406-208-2389
  • Email dyani_b_at_hotmail.com
  • Website www.bigskytribes.com

6
Our Mission
  • To promote culturally appropriate economic
    development through tourism

7
Whats New in 2006?
  • 5 Year Plan Developed
  • Submission of ANA SEDS Grant
  • Plains Indian Encampment Art Market

8
MTTA 5 YEAR PLAN
  • In five years, MTTA will have achieved….

9
GROWTH
  • ? Excellent, sustained working relationship
    with Tribes, State, Region
  • ? Continued relationship with Travel MT
  • ? Strong MTTA Membership
  • ? Financial Stability through diversified
  • ? Organizational growth to include more staff,
    new Board Members new Membership

10
GROWTH IN TRIBAL TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE
? Tourism Departments on all Reservations ? Stron
g community support for MTTA ? Tourism Education
on each Rez via the Tribal Colleges in MT in
partnership with MTTA Travel MT ? Partnerships
with Tribal Colleges for Tourism
Training ? Training for Tribal Individuals in
Tourism Skills  
11
CONTINUALLY ENHANCED TRIBAL TOURISM PRODUCT
  • ? Expanded Cottage Industry to increase Tribal
    Tourism Employment
  • ? Improvement of recreational resources on each
    reservation
  • ? Native American Packaged Tours (Variety of
    Adventures)
  • ? Establish Scenic Byways, Interpretive Signage
    Rest Areas on the Reservations
  • ? Native American Speakers Bureau
  • ? Assemble Tribal Encampment


12
ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS
? Development of Promotional DVD for MT Seven
Reservations ? Indian Country Travel Planner
Listing of Available Packaged Tours ?
Professional, quality marketing for Indian
Business Events in MT  
13
In five years, MTTA will have addressed our
challenges…
14
NEGLECTED/OUTDATED ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
? Neglected Board Commitment ? Neglected MTTA
Membership Drive ? Infrequent communication
between MTTA Board Members ? Reactive rather
than proactive ? Limited Resources people,
dollars, office space ? Limited Staff to
Fundraise ? Stagnant Organizational Structure
15
LIMITED INVOLVEMENT BY TRIBAL LEADERS
  • ? Lack of communication to ensure Tribal Support
  • ? Inconsistent Tribal Involvement
  • ? Tourism Industry has limited awareness of MTTA
  • ? Missing Tribal Reps on Alliance

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FRAGMENTED TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE REZ
  • ? Few Hotels
  • ? Few Restaurants
  • ? Few Public Restrooms
  • ? Undeveloped Campgrounds
  • ? Fragmented and Undeveloped Recreational Parks
  • ? Underdeveloped tourism product
  • ? Divide between tourism product on reservations
    and what Market wants

17
MISCONCEPTIONS OF MT RESERVATIONS TODAY
  • ? Preconceived conceptions/misconceptions of
    Reservation Life
  • ? Reservations communities perceived as not
    viable tourism destinations
  • ? Limited knowledge of Indian people by
    non-Indian people
  • ? Assess Markets perception of Montana Tribes
  •  

18
In five years, these practical actions will have
moved us forward….
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UPDATED ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
  • ? Establish Working Committees
  • ? Identify Roles and Responsibilities for Board
    Membership
  • ? Addition Tribal Individuals in private sector
    to MTTA Board (1 from each Rez)
  • ? Development of MTTA Business Plan
  • ? Re-assess Update By-Laws of MTTA
  • ? Update Job Descriptions
  •  

20
DEVELOP TOURISM STRUCTURES ON MONTANA
RESERVATIONS
  • ? Update MTTA website to promote MT Indian owned
    Tourism Products Encampments
  • ? Visitors Etiquette Brochure
  • ? Research tourism and recreation gaps for each
    reservation in Montana
  • ? Complete assessment for tourism products
    available on each reservation
  • ? Reservation communities to define tourism from
    their own communitys perspective

21
? Develop MT Tribal Tourism Toolkit for Tribal
Governments on scenic byway development,
recreational improvement opportunities, rest area
development and bricks and mortar
opportunities. ? Network with other Tribes
nationally for tribal tourism education ? Update
Tribal Councils on MTTA accomplishments and ask
for Input to MTTA Strategic Plan
22
Annual tribal tourism workshops on each
reservation via the Tribal Colleges. ? Establishme
nt of Tourism Communications Network to alert on
Tourism opportunities. ? Work with MT/WY Tribal
Leaders Council to host a Tribal Leaders Forum on
Tribal Tourism Development.
23
COMPREHENSIVE MARKETING PLAN
  • ?  Market Research
  • ?  Development of MTTA Marketing Plan.
  • ?  Networking Opportunities
  • ?  Research Opportunities for Indian Business
    Event Promotion
  •  

24
Best Case Scenario
  • Tourism for economic development while still
    affirming community values and cultural
    integrity.

25
Tourism Niches
  • History
  • Ethno-botany
  • Experienced Wranglers
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Warm, family experience
  • Horses

On the trail with Cheyenne Trailriders in
Ashland, MT
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Nature or Eco-Tourism
  • Emphasizes the Natural World
  • Flora, Fauna Ethno-botany
  • Leaves an undetectable, small footprint on the
    natural world

27
Natural Attractions
  • Rivers, Lakes, Mountains,
  • Forests, Caves, Canyons,
  • Rocks, Fossils, Badlands…

28
Eco-Tourism Activities
  • Hiking
  • Walking Tours
  • Horseback Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Rafting
  • Fishing
  • Stargazing
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Archeology

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Know the natural attractions in your Community
  • Most natural wonders need protection, not
    promotion
  • Find and develop areas for activity
  • Divert attention and interest in areas you want
    to preserve and protect

30
Cultural Tourism
  • Fine Arts Museums

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Cultural Tourism Attractions
  • Arts Crafts Shows
  • Museums
  • Interpretive Centers
  • Restaurants
  • Wellness Resorts or Spas
  • Art Gallery
  • Gift Shop

32
Heritage Tourism
  • Focuses on the story of people and places told
    through interpretation of cultural landscapes
  • Preservation or restoration of historic
    structures
  •  

33
Heritage Tourism Attractions
  • Historic Sites ie. Battlefields, Pictograph
    Caves
  • Interpretive Center
  • Arts Crafts Shows
  • Traditional Games
  • Pow wows
  • Archeological Sites
  • Tipi Encampments
  • Music Festivals
  • Campfire Stories
  • Guided Tours
  • Oral History

34
Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Heritage Tourism

35
Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • Is planned and implemented with community
    involvement and support
  • Is respectful of family stories
  • Doesnt trivialize
  • Doesnt commercialize

36
Recreation Adventure Tourism
  • Very common
  • Activity driven
  • Strenuous, often perilous activity
  • Less environmentally sound
  • Landscape is impacted

37
Recreational Activities
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Backpacking
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobile Activity
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Repelling
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Snowboarding

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Framework for Tourism Development
  • Work against any exploitation of people, land and
    culture
  • Balance entertainment with education
  • Urge community members to tell their own story in
    their own way
  • Build tourism programs that benefit the people in
    the tribe both financially and socially

39
Attributes for Success
  • Open, friendly personality
  • Support of friends and family
  • Detailed Business Marketing Plan
  • Guidelines for Tourists
  • Punctuality
  • Strong Networking Skills

40
Obstacles
  • Money Infrastructure
  • Land Use Issues
  • Racism
  • Education
  • Seasonal
  • Need more trained Personnel
  • Politics

41
Assets
  • Strong American Indian Cultures
  • Interest in American Indian Way of Life
  • Beautiful Natural Resources
  • Lots of Talent Enthusiasm
  • Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance
  • Partnerships with Travel MT, LC Bicentennial
    Commission, etc…

42
Important Issues
  • How to fund tourism development?
  • Training Educating for Tourism Jobs
  • Visitors Etiquette
  • Positive Promotion of Indian Businesses Events
  • How much to charge tourists?

43
Tourism Can
  • Bring much needed dollars and jobs directly to
    our communities
  • Open the doors to funding that can establish
    cultural/community centers and interpretive
    sights
  • Help preservation efforts for land, language and
    culture
  • Foster a new generation of small, successful
    businesses on the reservations

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Ft. Peck Reservation
  • Home to the Assiniboine Sioux Tribes
  • Established in 1871
  • More than 2 million acres
  • Southern Border is Missouri River
  • Northern Border is 50 miles south of Canada
  • Open Prairies Farms

SOURCE http//www.fortpecktribes.org/history.htm
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Ft. Peck Attractions
  • Ft. Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Culture Center
    Museum in Poplar, MT.
  • Features permanent exhibits of Assibiboine
    Sioux heritage, arts crafts.
  • Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, MT
  • Upper Missouri River Institute Gift Shop
  • Sponsors Seven Powwows Annually
  • Excellent Dancers, Rodeos, Art Crafts, Sports

SOURCE http//www.fortpecktribes.org/history.htm
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Ft. Peck Assiniboine Sioux Tribal Flag
  • Designed by Roscoe White Eagle
  • Two Chiefs Holding Sacred Buffalo Robe Between
    the Two Tribes living together in Harmony

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Ft. Peck Tourism Contact Info
  • P.O. Box 1077
  • Poplar, MT 59255
  • 406-768-7254
  • www.fortpecktribes.org

49
Ft. Belknap Reservation
  • Home of the Gros Ventre (Aaninin or People of
    the White Clay) Assiniboine (Nakoda or
    Generous Ones) Tribes
  • Landbase of 650,00 acres of Plains and Grasslands
    in NC Montana

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Ft. Belknap Attractions
  • Ft. Belknap Tourism Offers Buffalo Tours
    Reservation Tours
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic Mission Canyon, South of Hays
  • Hunting Fishing

51
Ft. Belknap Flag
  • Traditional shield protects both Tribes
  • Circular shape of shield represents cycle of Life
  • The Buffalo Skull symbolizes the 2 Tribes,
    different colors, but functioning as a whole
  • White Jagged Line on Buffalo Skull represents the
    Milk River
  • Two arrowheads signify strong traditional ties
    with the past
  • 7 Feathers hang from the shield. There is a
    feather for every two of the twelve council
    members with the center feather for the Tribal
    Chairman

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Ft. Belknap Tourism Contact
  • R.R.1, Box 66
  • Harlem, MT 59526
  • 406-353-8473
  • Website www.fortbelknapnations-
    nsn.gov

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Chippewa-Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy Reservation
  • Located in north-central Montana near the Bear
    Paw Mountains.
  • Home to the Cree descendents from Canada and from
    Chippewa that had moved east from the Turtle
    Mountains in North Dakota.

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Rocky Boy Attractions
  • Bear Paw Ski Bowl
  • Rocky Boy Tourism Developing Tour Packages
  • Hunting
  • Guided Tours

Bear Paw Ski Bowl
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Rocky Boy Flag
  • Tribal Seal
  • Suns Rays represent the 15 Sacred Grass Dance
    Chiefs active in preserving the culture of the
    Chippewa Cree
  • Writing under the Sun represents good health and
    fortune for the Tribe

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Rocky Boy Tourism Contact
  • R.R. 1, Box 542
  • Box Elder, MT 59521
  • 406-395-4207

57
Blackfeet Tribe
  • Three Bands of Blackfeet Nation the Blackfeet in
    Montana the Bloods and Blackfoot in Alberta, CA
  • Reservation Landbase of 1.5 million acres
    bordered by Canada Glacier National Park

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Blackfeet Attractions
  • Home of Museum of the Plains Indian
  • Beautiful Scenery Wildlife
  • North American Indian Days Celebration
  • www.blackfeetnation.com

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Blackfeet Flag
  • Coup stick with 29 Eagle Feathers
  • Blackfeet reservation outlined in middle of
    circle of 32 Eagle Feathers
  • PIKUNI -

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Blackfeet Tourism Contact
  • P.O. Box 2809
  • Browning, MT 59417
  • 406-338-7181
  • www.siyehdevelopment.com

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Flathead Reservation
  • The Flathead Confederacy was formed in 1855 among
    the PendOreille, Kalispells, Kootenais and the
    Salish.

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Flathead Attractions
  • The Sqelixy/Aqsmaknik (Peoples) Center
  • Native Ed-Ventures
  • Flathead Lake
  • Traditional Encampments
  • Powwows

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Flag of the Salish, Kootenai Pend Oreille
  • Power of the Sun
  • Blue Water from the Mountains
  • Mountains Signify Earth
  • Tipi Represents Home
  • Seven Eagle Feathers
  • Bow Arrow represent Protection of Homeland

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Flathead Tourism Contact
  • The Peoples Center
  • P.O. Box 278
  • Pablo, MT 59855
  • 1-800-883-5344
  • www.peoplescenter.org
  • www.cskt.org

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Crow Tribe
  • Apsaalooke translates as children of the large
    beaked bird
  • 85 Tribal Members speak Crow as first language
  • Located in SC Montana
  • Buffalo Herd

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Crow Attractions
  • Little Big Horn College Apsaalooke Tours
  • Bighorn Canyon
  • Yellowtail Dam
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield
  • Chief Plenty Coup State Park

Beautiful BigHorn Canyon Natl Recreation
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Crow Flag
  • White tepee is a symbol of Life with 4 poles as
    base
  • Pipe is sacred gift
  • Sacred Tobacco Plant
  • Three Mountain Ranges on Crow Reservation
  • Two War Bonnets represent the Warrior Society of
    the Crow
  • Good Men from Mothers Clan and Good Men from
    Fathers Clan

Source Apsaalooke Nation, Cultural Affairs
Department
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Crow Tribe Tourism Contact
  • LBHC Apsaalooke Tours
  • 1 Forestry Lane, Box 370
  • Crow Agency, MT 59022
  • 406-638-3139
  • www.lbhc.cc.mt.us/atours/
  • www.crownations.net

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Northern Cheyenne Reservation
  • Home of the Tsistsistas or Human Beings
  • 437,000 acre reservation in SE Montana

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Northern Cheyenne Attractions
  • John Woodenlegs Memorial Library
  • 4th of July Powwow in Lame Deer
  • Labor Day Powwow in Ashland
  • Crazy Head Springs
  • Tongue River

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Northern Cheyenne Flag
  • Symbol of the Morning Star or WOHEHIV
  • Name of great Chief Morning Star or Dull Knife
  • First star to rise in the Morning

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Northern Cheyenne Contact Info Northern Cheyenne
Tribal Council PO Box 128 Lame Deer, MT
59043 Phone (406) 477-6284   Fax (406)
477-6210 Website http//www.ncheyenne.net
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How to contact us
Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance P.O. Box
1224 Billings, MT 59103 Phone 406-208-2389
Fax 406-259-8352 Email dyani_b_at_hotmail.com
Website www.bigskytribes.com
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Credits
  • PowerPoint presentation by Dyani Bingham, MTTA
    Coordinator
  • The National Park Service, LC National Historic
    Trail 2005 Challenge Cost Share Grant
  • Thank you to Montana Indian Tribal governments
    and business people
  • Tribal Tourism Toolkit - Lewis Clark
    Bicentennial and Other Tribal Opportunities,
    NATHPO
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