CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada Indian leaders are discussing tourism’s roles in economic development and in preserving traditional cultures at the Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference, April 23-25 in Fallon. “Building Sustainability through Tourism” is the theme for the event, now in its fifth year.

“Nevada’s cultural landscape includes American Indian landmarks, events and activities that offer visitors fascinating insights into our multifaceted state,” Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, chairman of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, said. “We are pleased that Nevada tribes are working to share their cultures and stories through tourism.”

The Nevada Tribal Tourism conference will help Nevada’s tribal and tourism leaders develop their tourism strategies.

“At this conference, Nevada Indian leaders will learn more about opportunities afforded through tourism,” Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, said. “Professionals in the tourism and tribal tourism industries will discuss how Nevada tribes can assess, build and share their history with visitors.”

Camille Ferguson, executive director for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, is the keynote speaker at this year’s event. The conference also includes stories of the petroglyph rock art at Grimes Point, a tule duck demonstration by master artist Mike Williams and a visit to Hidden Cave and Stillwater marsh. 

Nevada is home to three major American Indian tribes: Washoe, Paiute and Western Shoshone. Many of these groups are members of Nevada Indian Territory, a volunteer group that assists Nevada tribes with tourism promotion. For more information, see www.nevadaindianterritory.com.