CARSON CITY – Nevada Indian leaders and others will gather April 3-4 in Elko to discuss tourism promotion at the Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference. About 60 participants from the western United States are expected at this event, now in its fourth year.

“Tribal tourism is an important part of what Nevada has to offer its visitors,” Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, chairman of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, said. “Whether it’s fishing at Pyramid Lake or seeing ancient Anasazi artifacts at the Lost City Museum in Overton, these experiences attract a key travel market to our state.”

In addition, tribal tourism allows Nevada Indians opportunities to sustain and strengthen their cultural legacies.

“Nevada’s American Indians are utilizing tourism not just as a tool for economic development, but also as a way to tell their stories,” Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, said. “By opening our pow wows to the public, or displaying tribal artifacts in a museum setting, we ensure that our cultural legacy is carried forward.”

Rupert also serves as chairwoman of Nevada Indian Territory, a volunteer group that assists Nevada tribes with tourism promotion and the agency sponsoring the Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference. Nevada is home to 27 federally recognized tribes, including the Washoe, Paiute and Western Shoshone.

Among the conference speakers are Leslie Kedelty, executive director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA); Ed Hall, transportation specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs; and Valerie Taliman, West Coast editor, Indian Country Today. For information on the Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference and to register, see www.nevadaindianterritory.com.