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NATOW’s Annual Conference to Convene in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Tribal Tourism Leaders to Focus on Featuring Wisconsin’s Tribal Cultural Heritage

Green Bay, WI—April 26, 2014—Native American Tourism of Wisconsin – Wisconsin’s coalition of American Indian tribes and tourism stakeholders will be hosting its annual conference from Sunday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The conference will be held at Oneida’s Green Bay Radisson Hotel and Convention Center. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is the host for this year’s annual conference.

“Wisconsin’s Tribes are determined to share their rich cultural heritage with the world and NATOW’s annual conference serves as a platform for Tribes and the State of Wisconsin to propel their collective efforts to strengthen Wisconsin’s resilient tourism industry,” said NATOW Executive Director Ernest Stevens III. “With tourism at the heart of Wisconsin’s economy, Tribal input and participation not only strengthens the Tribes, but the entire State of Wisconsin we all call home.”

More than 300 American Indian and Tourism leaders and representatives are expected to attend the conference. The plenary and break-out sessions during the two-day conference will provide a forum for tribal, state government and tourism leaders to keep abreast of trends on issues such as digital and online marketing, Native cuisine, cultural entertainment, and educational efforts in American Indian/Alaskan Native tourism throughout the United States.

In addition, NATOW will host a food competition featuring chefs representing Wisconsin’s Tribal Communities where attendees and the general public can expect a fun-filled event as attendees will have an opportunity to taste each entrée that is prepared with ingredients that are Native to Wisconsin. The competition’s entrées will highlight foods that are rich in Wisconsin’s Tribal history – wild rice, walleye, and buffalo – where recipes will be shared with those in attendance.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Native Wisconsin Tourism Annual Conference and Golf Tournament. Register either online on NATOW’s website or fill out a registration form and send it to the NATOW office. Pre-register by June 1, 2014 and save $50 with the pre-registration rate.

The NATOW tradeshow offers the public an opportunity to gather information and goods from artisans, business, agencies, and non-profit groups. The NATOW tradeshow is free and open to the public. A conference agenda can also be view on the NATOW website – This is one of the most exciting, fun-filled tourism leader gatherings that will be held this year! Register today and join NATOW and the State of Wisconsin’s Tourism leaders in Green Bay as they work together to build a stronger, more exciting future for Wisconsin tourism and the generations to come!


Founded in 1994, Native American Tourism of Wisconsin is an inter-tribal consortium that was launched by GLITC (Great Lakes Indian Tribal Council) in the State of Wisconsin. The mission of NATOW is to promote tourism featuring Native American heritage and culture. NATOW advocates on behalf of tribal governments, promoting strong tribal-state government-to-government relationships, and promoting American Indian culture, governments, and rights to the general public.


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