The Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community in Forest county has been selected to host an event in 2015 that continues to highlight the growing interest in Native American tourism.
The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin conference travels each year to another of the 11 state tribal sites.
NATOW vice-chairwoman and Mole Lake Lodge and Conference Center Manager Carmen McGeshick says the gathering each year is designed to raise tourism awareness. The consortium recently took a step forward with the hiring of a new director...
"....he's going to be going around to each of the tribes to find out what it is in each tribal area that we can promote culturally, especially internationally because we know a lot of international travelers like to see Native Americans. We're trying to figure out a way to bring(international travel) here to the state of Wisconsin..."
The Oneida tribe near Green Bay hosts next year's event. That tribe has the only Native American tourism department among the Wisconsin tribes. Mole Lake is expected to promote their historic Rice Lake and the Dinesen House... which once served as the home for Wilhelm Dinesen, Danish adventurer and father of author Karen Blixen, who wrote the novel "Out of Africa".
McGeshick is inviting the public to send in suggestions to the Lodge and Conference Center to promote the region at the 2015 conference.