Tourism Could Be an Economic Driver in Indian Country With Focus and Investment

Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries, creating thousands of jobs and contributing billions of dollars to our state’s economy annually. Tourism activities in Indian Country continue to grow and represent a significant opportunity to expand economic development on reservations and across the state.

Senate Bill 309 would help increase tourism in Indian Country and Montana by: (1) creating a specific Indian Country Tourism Region from within the state’s existing tourism regions; (2) designating one existing member of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) to be a tribal member from the private sector; and (3) recognizing the State Tribal Economic Development Commission as the point of contact to work collaboratively with TAC to expand tourism in Indian Country. Altogether, these minor but important changes will help tribes and the state maximize the benefits of tourism in Montana.

Read our brief on Senate Bill 309 and the opportunity to increase tourism in Indian Country – Tourism Could Be an Economic Driver in  Indian Country With Focus and Investment.