New website for Native tourism, history and culture launched

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Story/Photos by Sandra Hale Schulman
News From Indian Country

As worldwide interest in all things Native American grows, Lee Tiger of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida has taken notice in a cyber way.

“I have learned over the last thirty years of traveling to other countries for tourism shows and promotions that there is a great interest in our Native American culture,” Tiger says. “Five years ago, after talking to my father Buffalo Tiger (former tribal chairman), I decided that the world needed a communication and educational tool accessible by the internet. While many tribes have their own websites about their events and history, this is the only site that brings all the information together in one place.”

DiscoverNativeAmerica.com (DNA), five years in the making, is the only website that focuses on all the tribes of North America to assist visitors, school children, and the world at large with the history, culture, and tourism that all tribes offer.

Tiger brings expertise in American Indian relations and global marketing to this site as he has effectively promoted Native American and eco-heritage tourism for more than 3 decades.

DiscoverNativeAmerica.com is designed to allow American Indian Tribes to self-promote and participate on a collective basis. The only site available in ten international languages, the site features DNA online radio, Kid Zone, a Calendar of Monthly PowWows and events, National Native News updates, and travel offerings ranging from Everglades adventures in Florida to horseback riding vacations in Montana, canoe camps in Idaho and spiritual retreats in Arizona.

In addition to marketing both the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Miccosukee, Lee Tiger has been appointed to serve on Florida’s Cultural Heritage Tourism Committee by two Florida Governors, including Governor Jeb Bush. He is also known as the surviving brother of the award winning, internationally known pop music group, Tiger Tiger. His brother, Stephen Tiger, died in 2006.

Lee says “American Indian tourism is in the development stage and aims to become an integral part of the world’s largest industry: tourism. Globalization is a natural fit for Indian tourism for they possess unique cultural, historical and natural environmental opportunities that visitors covet. DNA provides instantaneous Indian Country-wide perspective and viewpoints, pulling together all tribal tourism resources in a single snapshot to be shared with the world.”

Internet Vital Tool for Travel
“The internet is a vital tool for travel,” he continues, “as almost 70 percent of travelers book room reservations, airfares, rental cars, and attractions over the Internet. Tribal tourism is not considered a high priority in most states, Arizona and New Mexico being the exceptions. DiscoverNativeAmerica can help to change that situation through collaborative efforts. We stand ready to help all tribes educate and promote their destination and Native American nature/heritage tourism activities.”

DiscoverNativeAmerica produces a brochure that mirrors the website and provides details and contact information of every tribe on the site. Lee will exhibit and distribute the website and brochures annually at three major world travel trade shows: Travel Association of America (TIA) Powwow held in a different state every May; ITB – International Travel Exchange held every March in Berlin, Germany; and World Travel Market held every November in London, England.

The for-profit website, where users can log on for free, is completely funded by Native Americans to keep it independent. It is designed by Mark Sarasua of Diesel Designs and co-written by Gosia Tiger and researcher Tom Gallaher.

For more information contact
Lee Tiger: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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