On Thursday, July 21, 2016 the delegation spent their final day traveling outside of Havana. NAFOA Executive Director Dante Desiderio captures his last moments in Cuba…
After rising with the sun and traveling east from Havana for two and one half hours, the delegation arrived at the destination peninsula town of Varadero. This scenic area by the sea is a favorite destination for snow birds from Canada during the winter months and Cuban families for summer vacations. Joint partnerships between Cuban and Spanish or French firms are beginning to form along the scenic blue waters of the Atlantic. Our Cuban delegation researched the possibility of a joint partnership to establish a Native partnership and presence on the scenic Cuban town.
Lunch was served outdoors on the beach-facing porch of the famous DuPont family home in Cuba. The home was built between 1928 and 1930 and now serves as a government owned restaurant or palladar. The food, hospitality and view were all remarkable.
In the evening, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba and his wife, Jennifer Lee greeted the Tribal delegation to discuss access to needed diabetes treatments for tribal communities and trade between the nations.
Preparing for our trip home, we reminisced and about the good people of Cuba and the new relationships forged between Indian nations.
The delegation departed from Cuba Friday morning with new relationships, friends, and colleagues. Stay tuned for more post-trip content and exciting new developments in the coming weeks.