The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
May 31, 2021
Isleta Veterans Association, AITC 2019
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
Memorial Day Wishes
May 31, 2021
This Memorial Day we take a moment to thank the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I would also like to recognize the fact that Native people serve in the U.S. military at the highest rate per capita and have served with distinction in every major conflict for over 200 years. We also honor those we’ve lost to the tragic events of the previous year. Finally, we recognize everyone who continues to work toward a better future for Indian Country, despite layoffs, furloughs, cutbacks and so many other personal and professional challenges. Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.
AIANTA To Participate in IPW 2021
September 18-22, 2021
Thanks in part to Brand USA’s ongoing marketing efforts—which have grown to include an expanded awareness of indigenous visitor destinations across the country—international visitation to the United States is expected to reach 52.5 million travelers in 2021.

All tribes are invited and encouraged to join AIANTA in meeting the tour operators and tourism pros who are responsible for bringing travelers to the United States.

Lewis & Clark Outreach Program
AIANTA is hosting free tourism marketing workshops in the Pacific Northwest. As reservations, tribal tourism enterprises and Native-owned businesses re-open to visitor traffic, a top need identified by these businesses is how to maximize their outreach to potential visitors. The workshop will show how tribes can grow their cultural tourism efforts through website development and maximizing audio and video throughout their marketing efforts.
Request for Proposals: We Are Looking for Graphic Design Artists
Deadline: June 4, 2021
AIANTA is seeking graphic designers for three different projects. The deadline for proposals is June 4. For more questions, please contact our Office Manager Ariel Richardson at

Cultural Tourism as Creative Placemaking: How Indian Country Projects are Advancing the Field
June 8, 2021; 10 a.m. MDT
The National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program supports creative placemaking projects that strengthen communities, including cultural tourism strategies that center the narrative, vision, and goals of residents. In this session, hear from two newly-minted Our Town grantees whose innovative proposals promise to establish groundbreaking practices and models for the field. The session will spotlight the Penobscot Nation, in partnership with the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine; and Fort Apache Heritage Foundation in partnership with White Mountain Apache Tribe, SWABACK Architects + Planners, and Thinc Design, in Fort Apache, Arizona, and will include a brief introduction to the Our Town funding opportunity in advance of the upcoming August 2021 application deadline.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

Sherry L. Rupert, Chief Executive Officer
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association

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