American Indian tribes to work with Park Service on cultural guidebook for historic Route 66

Associated Press

More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a new story for travelers along historic Route 66, the famous byway that stretches from Chicago to California.

The plan is to create a guidebook using federal grant money that will highlight significant tribal sites along the 2,400-mile route. The book will also detail the histories of Native communities that saw their stretch of the West change because of the road.

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Representatives from the Park Service and the Chicago American Indian Center will be among those gathering in New Mexico on Wednesday for a meeting to kick off the project.

Tribal leaders from the Cherokee Nation, Muscogee Creek Nation, Navajo Nation and Acoma and Laguna pueblos are also expected.