The Rupert Report

From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO | June 6, 2022

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Sherry Rupert, AIANTA CEO with Heather Dawn Thompson, Director, Office of Tribal Relations, USDA, at RES.

AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week


Meet Me at IPW

This week the AIANTA team is at IPW. We are excited to participate in the leading inbound travel trade show in the U.S. 

Our tribal participants will be connected to travel buyers and media to promote their product and negotiate future business. 

If you'd like to learn more about AIANTA and its Visitor Outreach program, please contact Bianca Mitchell at to schedule a one-on-one conversation or visit our website here.

Find us at Booth #2047.


Upcoming Webinars

Webinar: Developing Culinary Tourism in Rural Communities with a Focus on Healthy Foods

June 7, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

In this webinar, learn how the plant-based Next Evolution coffee shop, owned by tribal citizen Andrea Martinez, incorporates Indigenous learnings and a people-over-profit philosophy in its business model. 

Webinar: AIANTA USDA Webinar Series

Session 1 of 3 – Resources for Native Agriculture Production and Conservation

June 14, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

The initial webinar in the series of three webinars presented in partnership with the USDA will explore programs and resources available to assist you in agricultural production and conserving related natural resources. In this webinar you’ll hear from a variety of USDA program experts and Native agriculture experts from various Native non-profit organizations... Read More.

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AIANTA is Hiring

Help tribes develop and promote cultural tourism destinations by joining the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association's team.

Information Specialist

Deadline: June 20, 2022

Education & Visitor Outreach Specialist

Deadline: June 24, 2022

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AIANTA is Growing!

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Kelli Hepler, our new Agritourism Specialist, who will be working remotely out of Colorado. Take a moment to learn more about Kelli or send her an email to say hello.

Learn more about Kelli

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Business of Art Seminar at AITC

Designed for artists and tribal arts administrators, this seminar will share tips on building tribal arts programs, working with galleries and museums, organizing local arts markets, developing art trails and building partnerships to promote the arts.

October 24, 2022, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Harrah’s Resort Southern California

777 Harrah’s Rincon Way

Funner, CA 92082

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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