11th Annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference: Agenda


This year’s Tribal Tourism Conference offers top-notch presenters and keynote speakers.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience the indigenous lands of the Western Shoshone people.
We look forward to seeing you at the 11th Annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference!

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Monday, April 15
8:00 am - 5:00 pmMobile Workshop to Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute Tribe

The Shoshone Paiute Tribes are located on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in the town of Owyhee, NV. The reservation is located in a beautiful green valley on the Idaho and Nevada border. Attendees will visit their fertile valley and be introduced to their culture and their abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.

Transportation will be provided for the mobile workshop.
Transportation will pick up and drop off at the Hilton Garden Inn Elko.

Tuesday, April 16
Breakfast on Your Own

8:00 amRegistration Opens
Turquoise Room

8:30 amOpening Prayer – Western Shoshone Elder
Welcome and General Session

Davis Gonzales
Chairman, Elko Band Council

Joe Holley
Chairman, Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone

Brenda Nebesky
Acting Director, Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs

Sherry L. Rupert
Chairwoman, Nevada’s Indian Territory

9:00 amKeynote Address: Creating Unique Experiences in Indian Country

Emerson Vallo
President, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association

9:45 amPromoting Your Destination on NativeAmerica.travel

Sandra Anderson
IT and Website Development Coordinator, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)

Learn how tribes and native-owned businesses can create and build tourism capacity by using NativeAmerica.travel as part of their marketing tools. The online platform allows tribes and business owners to showcase and market their destination, with tools to inform travelers about attractions, activities, accommodations and more.

10:30 amBreak with Exhibitors
Turquoise Room

10:45 amWhat Makes Us Unique – Language and Culture - Cultural Panel

Leah Brady
Basket Weaver, Great Basin Basket Weavers

Norm Cavanaugh
Medicinal/Cultural Plants and Storyteller

Antoinette Cavanaugh
Basket Weaver and Beader

A panel of Western Shoshone cultural practitioners share their traditional artistry, how they got started and why it’s important to carry on their traditions.
12:00 pmLunch Provided
Turquoise Room

Indian Territory Update

1:00 pmTravelNevada Rural Marketing Grant Workshop

Shari Bombard
Rural Programs Manager, Nevada Division of Tourism

Learn grant writing best practices, how to do a budget, where to find data and how to use it. This workshop will also go over how to use the grant guidelines to write a better application, go over the grant application question by question, and discover the most important question on the whole application.

2:30 pmBreak with Exhibitors – Cultural Demonstrations (30 mins)
Turquoise Room

3:00 pmHow to Welcome Visitors to Your Museums and Communities

Billie Jean Guerrero
Museum Director, Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center

Visitors come from all over the world to visit Indian Country cultural centers. What are they looking for and what should be taken into consideration when planning for the domestic and international visitor?

3:45 pmMeet Your Local, State and National Tourism Partners

Katie Neddenriep
Executive Director, Elko Convention and Visitors Authority

Brenda Nebesky
Acting Director, Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs

Emerson Vallo
President, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association

No need to do it all alone. You have partners locally, statewide and nationally who can help you to market your business.

5:00 pmClosing Remarks and Recess for the Day

6:00 pm - 8:00 pmWelcome Reception – Western Folklife Center
Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute Tribal Youth

Wednesday, April 17 
Breakfast on Your Own

8:30 amWelcome Reception
Turquoise Room

8:45 amHow to Give a Memorable Tour

Donovan Hanley
Owner, Detours Native America

This session will discuss how you can keep your tours interesting for visitors so they keep coming back and bringing new friends with them. Also learn what visitors are looking for in a tour.

9:30 amLearn How to Restore American Indian Identity through Media

Bethany Sam
Business Development Manager, First Nation’s Focus, Tribal News Magazine

Media is the mediator between tourism and society. Learn the differences between editorial content vs. advertising, marketing and promotions, and how to use owned and paid media to restore American Indian identity while educating the public.

10:15 amBreak with Exhibitors -Cultural Demonstrations (30 mins)
Turquoise Room

10:45 amPhoto Workshop Part I

Larry Burton
Owner, Outdoor Adventures

Improve your basic photography skills using point and shoot cameras, cell phones or more expensive DSLR's by using the techniques covered in this class. We will discuss lighting for everything from landscapes to portraits and how best to capture it using any camera. We will also discuss how to perform simple edits using a program called "Photoscape" available for a small fee online. This information will be useful, for marketing your area as well as documenting the work of tribal artists in remote areas.
12:00 pmLunch Provided
Revolution B

1:00 pmPhoto Workshop Part II

Larry Burton
Owner, Outdoor Adventures
3:00 pmClosing Remarks

IMPORTANT NOTE: Agenda is tentative and subject to change


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