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Vote for USA Today’s “Best Native American Experience”

USA Today has launched a reader poll in its “10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards” to identify the “Best Native American Experience.”  Voting occurs until noon on Monday, September 15.

Who better than Natives and friends and supporters of Native American causes to vote on the “best” Native American experience? So even though this “Action Alert” is a bit different than our usual fare, we thought it was meaningful.

The nominees include museums, national and tribal parks, historic landmarks, festivals and powwows, heritage centers, and tribal enterprises from across the United States.  Twenty organizations are nominated. Among them are the Heard Museum, the Santa Fe Indian Market, and First Nations Development Institute’s own Colorado neighbor, the Denver March Powwow. 
For 11+ years, USA Today reader polls have covered just about everything from events and attractions to hotels and restaurants to beaches, aquariums and sports as part of the news outlet’s effort  to provide trusted travel and lifestyle advice. With this particular poll, three USA Today travel experts selected the 20 top nominees.  The editor-in-chief of 10 Best, Travis Seward, said this poll is most welcome because he “… appreciates historic architecture, beautiful settings, and a great story … all of which are presented in these 20 nominees.” 

We are not sure if this is the only USA Today Readers’ Choice poll about American Indian arts, culture or places, but with 56 million acres held by 566 federally recognized tribes and villages – each with a unique population, community, land base, language, culture, businesses and history – we think they are all Readers’ Choice winners!

There are only five days left to vote.  For access, click this link: