Travel Oregon 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 wanted to emphasize tribal tourism in the state of Oregon,” said Travis Hill, the chief operating officer of the Umpqua Indian Development Corporation.
The guide builds on previous work by Travel to Oregon which was published about 17 years ago. The agency wanted to reaffirm its partnership with the tribes.
“We really felt like there was a voice missing from 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 playing a role in Oregon’s economic development and sustainability.”
Itel hopes that the guide is just one part of a larger partnership and that the tribes and the agency can collaborate on more projects.
The guide also provides context and history for each of the tribes.
“It’s a resource for both the visitor and the resident,” said Lucinda DiNovo, director of sales for The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park. “They can learn about museums or cultural exhibitions or cultural events. And so I think that’s the most rewarding thing for me, there’s a guide that can really lead people to learn more about tribes.”
The guide can be found here.
Travis Hill, Lisa Itel and Lucinda DiNovo spoke with “Think Out Loud” host Dave Miller. Click play to hear the full conversation: