MADISON (WRN) - Wisconsin’s Indian tribes will use a state grant to try and attract more tourists to their reservations – and not just for gambling. State Tourism Secretary Kelli Trumble and Native American tourism chair Cassie Molkentin signed an agreement Tuesday on how the $400,000 grant will be used. A coalition of 11 tribes will hire a tourism development director. They’ll look for ways to promote cultural tourism on the reservations. And they’ll work to attract mid-sized conventions to their regions. Molkentin says it makes sense for all the tribes to work together, especially during the recession. She says all the tribes have, “wonderful unmarketed resources.” Trumble says it makes sense to look for new tourist opportunities as the recession continues. Oneida tribal chairman Rick Hill calls the grant an investment in education. He says each tribe has a different history that’s not taught in school.
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