The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
November 8, 2021
Fort McDowell Veterans Association, AITC 2021
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 11
This Veteran's Day we would like to thank all of the US Veterans who have selflessly sacrificed so much for your country and its people.

Did you know Native Americans have served in the military five times the national average and more than 30 tribes served as code talkers? Visit to learn more facts about Native Americans in the US Armed Forces.
Native American Heritage Month
The month of November is Native American Heritage Month and we have put together a list of events, webinars and Native entertainment to help celebrate the Native American Heritage throughout the entire month. Please view the webpage and let us know what your community is doing to celebrate, so we can add it to our list.

Partner Program Coordinator
Deadline to apply: November 15; 5 p.m. MST
This position is responsible for ensuring the success of a pilot program to implement outreach and engagement efforts and to implement the coordination and hosting of a virtual and in-person events with tribal organizations and federal partner(s) fostering positive relations and advance the interests of tribal tourism in relation to public lands.

Temporary Office Manager
Deadline to apply: November 12; 5 p.m. MDT
Under direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the office manager enhances organization’s effectiveness by performing a variety of administrative duties and tasks coordinating support services for AIANTA.

Temporary Data Entry Clerk
Deadline to apply: November 12; 5 p.m. MDT
AIANTA is seeking a well-organized Data Entry Clerk to enter clear and concise data into one or more platforms so that it is easily accessible and accurate. Experience with Wild Apricot a plus.

AIANTA is on the Road
I will be speaking at the Educational Travel Consortium’s Teaching through Tourism Symposium this week at the Higgins Hotel & Conference Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. I will join Olga Ramudo, CEO of Express Travel; Kristin Kitchen, Founder & CEO of Sojourn Heritage Accommodations; and Cheryl Hargrove, President of Hargrove International on a panel discussing Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities for 21st Century Cultural Heritage Tourism. 

Expanding Global Awareness of Native Tourism With EXIM Bank
November 16, 2021; 10am MST
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, join the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), U.S. Commercial Service and the Export-Import Bank of the US (EXIM) and the La Jolla Adventure Park, for a panel discussion covering resources available to Native businesses looking to expand their tourism offerings to a global reach. Additionally, the panel will present case studies of success and challenges during the pandemic and provide ideas of other support tools available for hospitality industry businesses. 

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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