Tribal Advisory Group Established
The purpose of the Tribal Advisory Group is to provide The Road Ahead Partnership’s Board of Directors with a Tribal perspective as it works to achieve its mission.
Route 66 crosses the North American continent, and in doing so travels through more than 25 different tribal nations. It is important that the Tribal community play a role in helping achieve the mission of The Road Ahead Partnership by contributing its experience, insight, and knowledge.
The Road Ahead Partnership believes a Tribal perspective is crucial as it works to tell a full and accurate story of the history of Route 66, to preserve Rt. 66 historic assets, to promote/market Route 66, to help develop the economies of the communities and tribal nations through which the route runs, and as it conducts research designed to educate people so they better understand Route 66.
The Tribal Advisory Group was established in conjunction with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association [AIANTA].
Tribal Advisory Group members include:
- Emerson Vallo, Chairman – Emerson is a member of the Pueblo of Acoma and a Southwest Board Representative on AIANTA’s Board of Directors
- Vincent Romero – Vincent lives in Chicago and works at the Chicago American Indian Center
- James Surveyor – James, a Hopi tribal member, lives in Arizona and is the Operations Manager for the Moenkopi Developers Corporation and is an At-Large Representative on AIANTA’s Board of Directors
- Julia Bogany – Julia, a member of the Gagrieleno-Tongva Tribe, lives in California and serves on the Tribal Council and as its Cultural Consultant
- Lisa Snell – Lisa, a Cherokee, lives in Oklahoma and is publisher/editor of the Native American Times and Native Oklahoma