The Rupert Report

From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO | August 16, 2022

This is a rest stop in Chamberlain, South Dakota. The public art there is so inspiring! 

AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week

AIANTA is Growing!

It is my pleasure to introduce Ciarra Greene, AIANTA's new Visitor Outreach Manager. Ciarra is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and will be working toward fulfilling the organization’s goals to expand awareness of indigenous experiences and destinations with domestic and international visitors. Read more about Ciarra and her extensive list of accomplishments on our website.

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Join the Team!

Help build and promote cultural tourism in America's Indigenous communities by joining the AIANTA team!

Now Hiring:

Vice President Operations

Deadline to apply: August 19, 2022

Marketing Director

Deadline to apply: August 26, 2022

Administrative Assistant

Deadline to apply: August 19, 2022

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and detailed resume that includes a description of employment history to include name and addresses of employers, scope of responsibility, how you learned of the position, along with three professional references to: Ariel Richardson, Office Manager, AIANTA at

Informational Webinar: AIANTA/USFS Request for Proposals

August 23, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

AIANTA and the U.S. Forest Service will host an informational webinar regarding the Request for Proposals for NATIVE Act Tribal Projects and initiatives on or adjacent to U.S. Forest Service managed lands. The webinar will include a question and answer session specific to types of projects, timeline, the application process and implementation.

Read the press release here.

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Professional Certificate Program Registration

Registration Deadline: August 22, 2022

Register Today

Monday, August 22nd is the last day to register for the Professional Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism, presented in partnership with AIANTA and the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies. This class is designed for community leaders and entrepreneurs looking to develop a cultural tourism program that can become a significant source of revenue for their community.

Program Fees:

AIANTA Members - $2,725.00

Non AIANTA Members - $2,775.00

NPS Funding for Video's along the Anza Trail

AIANTA has been awarded funding from the National Park Service to produce videos highlighting Tribes along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail to accompany the release of our Travel Guide to Tribal Nations Along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail due to be released at the American Indian Tourism Conference in October.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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