Indian Affairs Awards $3 Million in Tribal Tourism Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development has awarded more than $3 million in Tribal Tourism Grant Program funding to 30 federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations. The grants, which range in value from $30,000 to $150,000, are funded for one year.

“Empowering tribal nations to build their economies through the Tribal Tourism Grant Program is part of Indian Affairs’ mission to support tribal self-determination and sovereignty,” said Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland. “Revitalizing tribal economies is key to our goal of making lives better for people in tribal communities as we work to undo the harms caused by policies of the past.”

The Tribal Tourism Grant Program supports tribal economic development and fulfills the mission of the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act, also known as the NATIVE Act, by providing funding for tribes to conduct feasibility studies to help them make informed decisions about potential tourism projects. The program also provides financial support for tribes to develop business plans for already completed tourism feasibility studies or for tribal tourism businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Feasibility studies and business plans empower tribes and tribal organizations to make informed decisions on potential tourism projects and businesses.

Tribe or Tribal Organization City State 
Haida Corporation Hydaburg Alaska $150,000 
Hualapai Tribal Council Peach Springs Arizona $150,000 
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee Oklahoma $149,423 
Village of Kaktovik (AKA Barter Island) Kaktovik Alaska $149,270 
Mesa Grande Business Development Corporation Ramona California $149,212 
Penobscot Indian Nation Indian Island Maine $149,010 
Blackfeet Tribe Browning Montana $125,388 
Bay Mills Indian Community Brimley Michigan $125,000 
Spirit Lake Tribe Fort Totten North Dakota $125,000 
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Durant Oklahoma $125,000 
The Chickasaw Nation Ada Oklahoma $124,122 
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Livingston Texas $120,291 
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Albuquerque New Mexico $113,251 
Crow Tribe of Indians Crow Agency Montana $112,771 
Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness Bangor Maine $105,000 
Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee, Inc. Cass Lake Minnesota $104,515 
Burns Paiute Tribe Burns Oregon $102,300 
Oneida Indian Nation Oneida New York $101,762 
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Mayetta Kansas $82,764 
Northern Arapaho Tribe Ethete Wyoming $78,701 
Rosebud Sioux Tribe Rosebud South Dakota $75,190 
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Elton Louisiana $72,672 
Nansemond Indian Nation Suffolk Virginia $71,720 
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior
Chippewa Indians 
Hayward Wisconsin $63,000 
Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California Oroville California $55,066 
Sitka Tribe of Alaska Sitka Alaska $54,708 
Nez Perce Tribe Lapwai Idaho $49,408 
Elk Valley Rancheria, California Crescent City California $48,600 
Chippewa Cree Tribe Box Elder Montana $45,755 
Native Village of Chenega Anchorage Alaska $30,916 

The Office of Indian Economic Development administers the Tribal Tourism Grant Program, which is a competitive discretionary program, through its Division of Economic Development.