The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
August 23, 2021
Fort McDowell Adventures Trail Ride // © Fort McDowell Adventures
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
AITC Mobile Workshops
At the annual American Indian Tourism Conference, AIANTA showcases Native tourism experiences around the area. This year, at the 23rd annual AITC held in Fort McDowell, Arizona, attendees can choose from three one-of-a-kind cultural tourism experiences: a Fort McDowell Experience, a tour of Verde Valley and Montezuma's Castle and an Antelope Canyon tour. Don’t miss out, spaces are limited! 

Webinar: Exploring AIANTA Visitor Outreach Department
Tuesday, August 31, 2021; 10 am MDT
Join AIANTA in a special webinar introducing AIANTA’s Visitor Outreach program and our plans to market to domestic and international travelers for 2022. Visitor Outreach Manager Maureen Chavez (Pueblo of Acoma) will lead the conversation on top overseas markets to Indian Country, top travel trade shows to attend next year, and how to prepare for the return of international visitors.

NPS Awards $569,086 in Tribal Heritage Grants
The National Park Service has recently announced $569,086 in grants to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian organizations. It will fund 12 projects that support the protection of America's native cultures.

Webinar: Columbia River Salmon Historic and Culinary Trails
Tuesday, September 21; 10 am MDT
Lewis and Clark were amazed with the dip net fishing by the tribes along the Columbia River. Today’s tribes (Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Nez Perce) continue this historic practice and have developed an exciting trail where visitors can see the continuation of this historic method of fishing. In addition to viewing the fishers, the public can purchase salmon directly from over-the-bank sales or enjoy it at Native-owned restaurants. Learn how the tribes worked with their fishers, local communities and the state to create this culinary trail that shares the importance of salmon in their culture.

Please Donate to the Silent Auction
Please help AIANTA raise funds for our scholarship program by donating your art, other item, or by making a cash donation. Your donation helps American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students pursue post-secondary degrees in hospitality, tourism management and other tourism-related fields. 

All donated items will be auctioned off during this year's American Indian Tourism Conference final gala.

The theme of this year's gala is "Turquoise and Denim" and will be held outdoors, so please come in your best turquoise and denim and outdoor attire.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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