The Rupert Report

From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO | July 5, 2022

Alaska Canoe Experience - Join Native paddlers from Tsimshian Tlingit and Haida tribes and experience “Native Culture on the Waters”

AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week

4th of July Celebration

I hope you had a restful and safe holiday weekend and I'm so glad you were able to spend it with your loved ones. The Fourth of July is the day Americans commemorate the Declaration of Independence in the United States. However, it is also important to acknowledge that Native people have been here long before colonization and that some of the most famous language from the Declaration, "that all men are created equal" was not at all inclusive to Native Americans. While we all deserve this day of rest and recuperation, I encourage everyone to reflect on the complicated history of this day of “celebration.” For great insights read the Do American Indians Celebrate the 4th of July article in the Smithsonian Magazine.

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Meet the Board

Welcome AIANTA Board Member

We are pleased to welcome AIANTA’s Northeast region board member, Charlene Virgilio. Charlene is a citizen of the Penobscot Nation and the Executive Director of Four Directions Development Corporation located in Maine.

We are excited to have Charlene join our board and look forward to working with her. Learn more about Charlene and the rest of our Board members by visiting our website.

Professional Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism

Registration Deadline: August 22, 2022

Are you interested in cultural heritage tourism? Want to learn how to develop your own community-based cultural tourism project?

GW 2022

AIANTA has partnered with the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies to present the Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism which will help you establish yourself as a Tribal Tourism Leader and will give you the skills and resources needed to take your tribe's cultural heritage tourism program from start-up to success.

Register Today!

Town Hall: A Taste of Indian Country

Watch On-Demand

The June Townhall Series is now available on-demand! Learn about AIANTA’s agritourism marketing efforts and hear how partners face their own challenges with respect to starting or expanding an agritourism program.

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to watch the latest Webinars and Townhall sessions.

Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 15, 2022

Students interested in the Tourism and Hospitality field, AIANTA offer's a scholarship! The deadline to apply is next Friday.

Best of luck to all applicants!

Apply Here
(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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