Travel Oregon has partnered with the state’s nine federally recognized tribes to create the “Oregon Indian Country Travel Guide”. The guide features descriptions and locations of tribal museums, events and activities open to the public throughout the state.
“We really dove into this with both feet and really wanted to focus on tribal tourism in Oregon State,” said Travis Hill, chief operating officer of the Umpqua Indian Development Corporation.
The guide builds on previous work by Oregon Travel which was released about 17 years ago. The agency wanted to reaffirm its collaboration with the tribes.
“We really felt like there was a missing voice in the work we were doing at Travel Oregon,” said Lisa Itel, the agency’s director of global strategic partnerships. “We wanted to have this guide to share with visitors and Oregonians that tribes are here and thriving in Oregon, and actively play a role in Oregon’s economic development and sustainability.”
Itel hopes the guide is just one part of a larger partnership and that the tribes and the agency can collaborate on other projects in the future.
The guide also provides background and history for each of the tribes.
“It’s such a resource for the visitor and the resident,” said Lucinda DiNovo, Sales Manager at Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park. “They can learn about museums or cultural exhibitions or cultural events. And so I think that’s what’s most rewarding for me, there’s a guide that can really lead people to learn more about the tribes.
The guide is available here.
Travis Hill, Lisa Itel and Lucinda DiNovo sat down with “Think Out Loud” host Dave Miller. Click play to listen to the full conversation: