2019 Native Tourism Conference

2019 Native Tourism Conference

NATOW tourism conference and golf outing fundraiser will be hosted by:

Gitche Gumee Convention Center – Bad River Lodge & Casino

73370 Us Highway 2 – Odanah, WI 54861

June 10,11, 12, 2019

Book your room now:  
Room Block: NATOW

Bad River Lodge & Casino – (715) 682-7121

Register Online 

Online Conference Registration

Online Golf Registration

Online Sponsorship Form

Monday, June 10, 2019 – Annual NATOW Golf Outing and Fundraiser
8:00am – Registration & Coffee
10:00am – Shotgun Start at Chequamegon Bay Golf Club
4:30pm – Reception at Bad River Casino Convention Center
5:30pm – Dinner and Awards

6:30 –       Lt Governor Mandela Barnes – Meet-n-Greet w/ Native WI Tribal Leaders and Partners

5pm-7pm         Conference Pre-Registration opens –


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

6:30 am                N8V Dance Fitness with Michelle Reed

7:00 am                Registration

8:00 am                Networking Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by LCO)

Vendor Marketplace Opens

8:30 am                Opening Ceremony

Welcoming Addresses

Michael Wiggins, Jr., Chairman, Bad River Band of Chippewa

Cherie Pero, Guest Services Manager, Bad River Casino & Treasurer, NATOW

Peter LaBlanc, Chairman, NATOW

Apache Danforth, Director, NATOW

9:15 am                Lt Governor Mandela Barnes

9:30 am                Ernie Stevens Jr.

Break (Sponsored by Kim Swisher Communications)

10:00 – 10:45      WI Dept of Tourism – NATOW Gets Real hosted by Bobbi Webster

– Sara Meaney, Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism

10:50 – 11:45      General Session –– Economic Development Panel –

Jeff Bowman, Fern Orie, Diane House, Rob Pero

Noon Lunch – Sponsored by 2020 Conference Host -Menominee Tribe

1:15 – 1:45 pm     Preparing Native Wisconsin for the Italian Visitor – NATOW Gets Real hosted

by Bobbi Webster – Luisa Salamoni, Commercial Specialist, US Commercial Services (confirmed)

Break (Sponsorship Opportunity)

2 – 2:50 pm          Afternoon Breakout Session #1 – Itinerary Building – Create Your Tourism Product

Afternoon Breakout Session #2 – Marketing and Promotions

Afternoon Breakout Session #3 – Department of Tourism Programs and Development

3:00 pm                Brian Allen, Native Freedom Trust (Sponsorship Break)

3:15 pm                General Session – Featuring Red Cliff Nation’s Tribal Tourism Team – NATOW

Gets Real hosted by Bobbi Webster

4:15 pm                Conference Wrap-Up

5:00 pm                “Traditional” Dinner hosted by Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

and Bad River Lodge and Casino Wear your traditional clothing – Ribbon shirts, skirts, mocs……..

6:00 pm                Recognition of NATOW Officers and Board of Directors

Pioneer of Tourism Award

Cultural Presentation – The Sampson Brothers and Woodland Sky Dance Co.

8:00 pm                Evening Entertainment – DJ, Karaoke, Line Dancing
-Bad River Convention Center

Wednesday, June 12

7:30 – 8:15 am    Breakfast sponsored by LCO

8 am – Vendor Marketplace opens

8:30 am                Load busses at the Lodge entrance

8:30 – 11:45         FAM tour Bad River reservation
1 pm                     Official Send Off with box lunches