Friday, July 22, 2005

Cultural tourism and RVs are the future for Indian trbes

Cultural tourism and not casinos is the future of economic development for tribes in Indian Country, former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell said Thursday at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

"Indian tourism has a long way to go," said Campbell, a Republican who was a senator in Colorado from 1993 to 2005 and is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. "Either we do it or someone else is going to do it."

One idea that's catching on -- recreational-vehicle parks.

A cheaper way for people to travel these days is by RV, and RV parks have provided new developments for reservations. In California, six tribes have built lucrative RV parks, Campbell said, adding he knows of eight more in development.

"Indian Country has a more stable land base for RV parks," Campbell said. Full Story...

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